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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
Color: Ruby red with violet hues, clean and very brilliant.
Aroma: Fruity, raspberry, red fruits; very characteristic of the variety. Light notes of toast and spice.
In mouth: medium-bodied, good equilibrium of tannins and acidity. Finishing with notes of raspberry, toast and light notes of wood.
Wine Advocate 87 Points
The 2010 Protocolo Tinto is 100% Tempranillo aged for 3 months in American oak. It is a forward, spicy wine with pleasant black fruit flavors, floral and spice aromas, and good balance. Drink this excellent value over the next 3-4 years.
“Glass-staining ruby. Explosive, seductively perfumed aromas of candied red and dark berries, incense, rose pastille and Asian spices. Sappy, penetrating black raspberry and blueberry flavors show excellent depth and clarity, with smoky mineral and star anise nuances gaining strength with air. Closes sweet and very long, with lingering spiciness and gentle tannins. Importer Jorge Ordonez told me that lots of high-end oak is used here, from the likes of Taransaud, Darnajou and Dominique Laurent, for example. ”
International Wine Cellar
“The 2010 Volver (100% Tempranillo) is a single vineyard, outstanding effort that was aged in French oak for 14 months prior to being bottled unfiltered. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by copious aromas of black currants, black cherries, pepper, underbrush and licorice. ”
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