Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio responds faithfully to the traditions of the mythical Albariño wines. The albariño grapes from which Abadía de San Campio was made, which were picked between October 1 and 3, came from the plots at Goian (Argallo), our highest vineyard, where the humidity is lower, the temperatures are cooler and ripening is slower. These conditions provided a wine of great aromatic intensity typical of the grape variety, with hints of ripe white fruit—Golden Delicious apple and pear—supported by pleasant notes of citrus. With a good breadth and balance of flavors, the wine is bright and fresh, with a certain tartness reinforcing the sensation of freshness. The good balance between the acids and sugar give the wine a pleasant final touch, persisting in the mouth for a long time.
The Wine Advocate
GRAPE(S): 100% Tempranillo
ALC BY VOL(%): 13.5
VITICULTURE: Practicing Organic
SOIL TYPE: Calcareous rock, clay, and sand
ELEVATION: 950 meters
About the Wine: Antidoto’s intriguing name—Spanish for “antidote”—reflects winemaker Bertrand Sourdais’ belief that the wine is an antidote to the trend in Ribera to substitute heavy-handed winemaking for a sense of place and variety. In the right hands, the wines of the Soría sub-zone blend Rioja’s fragrance and finesse with Ribera del Duero’s traditional power and depth. To maximize these qualities, he uses long, gentle macerations to minimize tannin extraction and only used barrels for aging.
Location Notes: Antidoto is located in the province of Soria, in perhaps the coolest microclimate of the Ribera del Duero appellation. Soils differ dramatically from the main zone of Ribera, almost 100 km down river, and the resulting wines are considerably fresher.
Aging: 14 months in 2nds and 3rd passage French barrique.
Vintage Notes: Similar in concentration to the great 2009 vintage, but with perhaps a little fresher style. An extraordinary vintage that will rival 2009.
Tasting Notes: “Bright purple. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, potpourri and cracked pepper, with a hint of anise in the background. Intensely flavored, penetrating and precise yet quite lithe, with very good spicy lift to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with fine-grained tannins, zesty mineral cut and lingering spiciness.” -Josh Raynolds
Morello cherry red in colour with violet reflections. The varietal aromas of red fruits dominate the bouquet with a subtle hint of the oak toasting. The palate is elegant and balanced, with a fruit driven finish.
|“The grapes for this new project were sourced from 60- to 80-year-old vines whose already low yields were reduced an additional 70% by the weather conditions of the vintage. A glass-coating opaque purple, remarkably deep for a wine of this price made from Garnacha, the wine offers a nose of brooding black cherry and blueberry. Concentrated, ripe, and balanced on the palate, this flavorful, lengthy effort will drink well over the next four years. It is an outstanding value.” -winemaker|
|“2010 Garnacha de Fuego is 100% old-vine (65-85 years of age) Garnacha from the DO of Calatayud. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up aromas of pure black cherries and violets. Dense on the palate and remarkably rich for its humble price, this great value over-delivers big-time. Drink this pleasure-bent effort over the next 3-4 years.” -Jay Miller, Wine Advocate|
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2011
Deep red. Oak-spiced dark berry and cherry aromas display very good intensity. Juicy and sweet, with lush blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and a seamless texture. Shows a touch of bitterness on the finish, which lingers with good spicy grip. This is an excellent value.