Wine of the Week: Alma de Vino~Old Vine Tempranillo 2014
Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero, Spain
This wine is gorgeous! If you like a big rich wine, give this a try. This 2014 has had some time to age and can age longer but is drinking great now. I recommend decanting. Look for a rich mouthfeel, deep earthy flavors, chocolate, spice and blackberries.
Pairs with red meats, game, and a romantic evening for two.
Winemaker April Cullom shared a few notes with me:
“Alma” means “soul” in Spanish, which is just what this wine has, and lots of it. I was the U.S. Brand Ambassador for Ribera del Duero for several years and made many friends along the way, including César Muñoz who rescued these old vines. I still remember the call when he asked if I wanted to get started on the project, we talked about years ago to create a terroir-driven wine from Ribera del Duero made with the local varietal Tempranillo that expresses a sense of place.
· 100+ year old vines, grown at 3,000+ meters, organically farmed, low sulfites
· Limited production (1.500 bottles produced)
· Artisanal, each vintage is hand-crafted
· Artwork is from a painting by my uncle Sergio Gonzalez Tornero, selected to express the wine’s personality.