Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Celeste is born 895 meters above sea level, where the vines and the sky form a magical connection, resulting in a wine filled with the freshness, emotion, and intensity of a starry night.

  • The Estate

    • Ribera del Duero
  • Vineyard Profile

    • Notes on the soil types of the Páramo plateau (Fompedraza). The Fompedraza vineyard lies in the mid-eastern section of the Duero River Valley, near the town of Fompedraza and the Durantón River. This tributary of the Duero meets the latter in the area around Peñafiel. The area’s topography is gentle, characterized by high plateaus traversed by steep, narrow valleys that give the region its distinctive morphology. The area is located at 900 meters above sea level, which has a significant influence on the region’s climate and winegrowing. The area shows a predominance of Tertiary and Quaternary continental deposits. Specifically, the vineyard sits atop deposits from the Upper Miocene and Quaternary periods. The predominant Upper Miocene lithology is based on grey limestone interspersed with marl, whereas the Quaternary areas are mostly composed of clay. The soils that formed on top of these materials tend to exhibit medium to fine textures and are very rich in carbonate.

  • Vintage Report

    • The 2016 vintage saw a mild winter, followed by abundant rainfall in spring that increased the harvest. The summer was particularly hot toward the end, which delayed grape-picking slightly. The harvest unfolded without notable incident, and the grapes reached the winery in excellent condition, which has resulted in very smooth and balanced wines. Given the later harvest date, the Tinta Fina grapes were at optimal ripeness.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature. 1 week approximately, 25-30°C
    • Maceration: 15-20 days
    • Malolactic: Malolactic fermentation, predominantly in new barrels
    • Aging: aged on the lees for 2 months
    • Barrel Aging: During 12 months in French and American oak (20% new barrel)
    • Bottle Aging: Minimum 12 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
    • Available Formats: 300 cl, 150 cl and 75 cl
    • Alcohol: 14% vol.
    • TA: 4.8 g/L (tartaric a.)
    • p H: 3.78
    • RS: 0.3 g/L
    • Optimum Drinking: 3-7 years
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark cherry red with garnet highlights. Astounding aroma of black fruit (wild blackberries), with exquisite jammy (cherry) notes coming through, and a toasty nuance (roasted coffee). Dense and velvety on the palate, full of fruit extract, with long, flavorful and fragrant persistence that reveals elegant oak aging.

    • Serving Suggestions: Given its smooth tannin and fruit characteristics, the wine pairs beautifully with all kinds of red meat, chorizo, and aged cheeses. Serve at 14–16ºC.

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  • Familia Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero – 2016 – James Suckling – 93 Points

    This is a super balanced Ribera del Duero that shows blueberries, mulberries, bilberries, sage and eucalyptus. Subtly shaped, this trades in fresh berries, edgy tannins and forthright acidity. Bright on the medium-chewy finish. Drink now.

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