Antidoto 2018 Ribera del Duero DO

Antidoto 2018 Ribera del Duero DO

Item Number: 13313

UPC: 8-437012457188

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Soria Tinto Fino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy with river stones, calcareous sand and clay.
Elevation: 3000 feet

Terroir Notes: In 1999 Bertrand Sourdais discovered a unique, genuine area within the DO Ribera del Duero, San Esteban de Gormaz, an area that stood out from the land in Burgos and Valladolid belonging to the Designation. The vineyards in this geography are in the easternmost part, just on the first shores of the Duero river as it passes through the province of Soria. The climate generates a special microcosm and is based on the characteristics of a clayey, porous terrain, with calcareous and sandy mixtures of the Duero, the essence of which Bertrand Sourdais knows profoundly, thanks to experience accumulated throughout numerous harvests.

Winemaking Notes: Fruit was manually harvested from a mosaic of 350 plots of old, many ungrafted, vines (80-100 years old). Grapes were macerated for 6 days before being aged for 8 months in semi-new French oak.

2018 Vintage Notes: The 2018 vintage was marked by four distinctive seasons, more typical in an Atlantic vegetative cycle than in the Ribera del Duero. Winter was cold with intense rains and snow. Spring's rains, cold and frosts provoked important changes in the growing rhythms of the plants. The winter weather lasted until the middle of June, when the vines started to flourish. The summer was characterized by moderate temperatures, rains and some scattered storms that encouraged plants growth and improve their vegetative rhythms until the end of July. From August to October the weather was dry with normal temperatures and many sunny days. This provoked a slow ripening and the making of complex aromas in the Tinto Fino.

Tasting Notes: After having to temporarily leave Spain during the country's recession, Bertrand was inspired to make a wine that would be the antidote for hard times upon his return to Soria in 2009. The Antidoto is just this - bright and open with floral aromas and notes of dark, red fruit. The sandy soil with river stones provides Antídoto with an intense and spring-like aroma and a delicate and vertical mouth-feel. It is a balanced and medium-bodied wine, perfect for sharing with friends.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (12/30/2019)

    The meatier 2018 Antídoto had some resemblances with a Northern Rhône Syrah: hints of smoked bacon and flowers, juicy and plummy, ripe without excess and quite showy. It had a little less alcohol than the 2017 and felt more balanced and round. It had fine, chalky tannins and a dry, long finish. It matured in 600-liter oak barrels for nine months, which was a shorter élevage that seems to have respected the fruit.