2014 Hacienda Solano Ribera del Duero (Previously $18) SKU #1311290

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K&L Notes

Based in the commune of Burgos, specifically within the village of La Aguilera, Hacienda Solano has made great strides in their wines in recent years, and they are starting to get the recognition they deserve. This wine comes from two sites, one of which features 80-year-old vines from rocky, calcareous soil, a bit higher up in elevation, and the other is from more clay predominant soils. We believe that Hacienda Solano is making some of the finest Ribera del Duero - and by extension some of Spain's best Tempranillo based wines - that we have yet to taste.

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  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Here is an excellent addition to our Spanish offerings! The wines of Ribera del Duero are often more hefty and intense than their neighbors in Rioja, and this wine doesn't stray from the profile. However, big and bold as this wine is, it yet retains an excellent sense of balance. The dominate force here is a great sense of terroir--cool black fruit elevated by a mineral note from the soil, and accented by a kiss of French oak. You can feel the depth and character from the old vine fruit as well. The bolder side of Tempranillo is underscored and showcased very well here.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Hacienda Solano comes from vines (many of them 80 years old) in one of the most prized vineyard towns of Ribera del Duero, La Aguilera. This fact combined with an elevage in used French barrels produces a rather dry expression of this region, marked by expressive dark fruits, limestone, and orange rind - what I often refer to as the trifecta of typical flavors for great, young Tempranillo, whether it comes from Rioja or Ribera del Duero. In Ribera, though, the structure, and tannin build of the wine sets it apart. While there is more than sufficient fruit and chalky minerality to balance out these tannins, I would not be surprised to discover a much more complete, seriously overachieving bottle of red if allowed to cellar for another several years or longer.


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