2015 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero SKU #1356381

Price: $34.99

JD 95 RP 94 WS 92
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K&L Notes

Crafted by mastermind Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame, Hacienda Monasterio is a certified organic, no expense spared Ribera that was originally planted with cuttings from Vega Sicilia 20-plus years ago and is producing some of the region's great bottlings now that those vines are mature. *organic*

Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine says refined from the beginning, layers of mineral, sweet dark cherry, swirls of vanilla bound from the glass. On the palate you find this is a powerful wine, sweet, polished tannins roll across your tongue blossoming into lustrous rich fruit. I’m not a fan of American oak but this is all French oak and it really gives the wine a polish and elegance without becoming the dominant flavor. Full bodied and focused this wine gives you the best of Tempranillo while adding hints of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I really liked this wine’s polish, focus and elegant flavors.
    Drink from 2018 to 2035
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Aromas of blue and red fruits meld with fine French vanilla and lead to a palate that's deep with concentrated blackberry, a fine minerality, and hints of leather. It is a deep, rich, and refined Ribera that is immediately attractive but also will be a joy to follow over the years. There is a ton of structure here and a lot to like. For serious Ribera del Duero at this kind of price point, it is hard to go wrong with Hacienda Monasterio. The 2015 is another towering success. Drink now with a short decant or enjoy anytime over the next fifteen years.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    For Peter Sisseck, famous producer of Dominio del Pingus (yes, the $800+ dollar a bottle Pingus), Hacienda Monasterio is actually the winery which first brought him to Spain some 25 years ago. "El Pingus" himself still makes the wines here. This fact combined with the vines' prime location in Pesquers de Duero usually results in very good wines, but in 2014 and now 2015, we have a couple of back to back heavy hitters. The fruit profile, while rich, has the requisite amount of freshness, and a clean chalky quality towards the finish. I'm with the critics on this one: Hacienda Monasterio is definitely one of the Ribera del Duero region's best and most reliable names. Fantastic stuff for Spanish wine fans and, given the richness and polish of this wine, for Napa cab drinkers as well.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Lovely, deep fruit dominates here, but it's not accompanied by the ripe mouthfeel you'd expect with so much fruit quality. It's lifted and fresh, with more weight on the front palate. This wine is something different and unique and a fun blend of the unexpected. What a perfect wine to taste your friends on when you're bored of the usual Cab or Merlot.


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