Made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the nose starts with ripe red berries tempered with notes of tilled soil and a melange of forest floor scents-- very sexy nose! The red fruits continue upon tasting but are matched by smooth tannins and upfront acidity making for a balanced, structured wine filled with reiterations of cherries, cranberry and a touch of herbal with cola nut. The finish adds a trail of wildflowers to the fruits and forest floor foundation making for a beautiful, bountiful wine. And all this for how much?!? As my seventh grade Spanish teacher would say: "Bastante bien!"
Founded in 1903, the 200-hectare Finca Torremilanos in Aranda de Duero is the second-oldest wine-producing estate in what is now Ribera del Duero DO (after Vega Sicilia). The current regime dates to the late 1970s and was instrumental in the establishment of the DO in 1982. Pilar Pérez Albéniz, one of the most respected women in the region and winner of the inaugural ‘Ribera Heritage’ Award in 2019, is still at the helm, with two of her sons, Ricardo and Vicente, handling winemaking and sales respectively. The first-ever Demeter-certified biodynamic winery in the appellation, as of 2015. A family-run gem that marches to the beat of its own drummer in producing both traditionally-styled and experimental wines.