Selected, blended and aged by Sélections Chartier Inc, Spain.
This Tempranillo goes well with your favourite recipes that use one or more of the following ingredients: grilled meat and fish (including red-fleshed fish), nigella, tarragon, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, allspice, smoked chipotle pepper, pimenton (sweet smoked paprika), roasted peppers, strawberries, cloves, beetroot, roasted sesame seeds, ginger, and many others.
Terroir and vinification
This wine comes from old growth vines, between 50 and 70 years old, planted on classic Ribera del Duero soil (sandy-gravelly subsoil and limestone). The wine was developed with the collaboration of Aurelio Cabestrero, a famous importer of Spanish wines to the United States (grapesofspain.com); he is also a wine producer in Spain, associated with winemaker Isaac Fernandez, the nephew of Mariano Garcia (Vega Sicilia, Mauro).
The harvest was sorted with great care on sorting tables, then 100 % de-stemmed before cold pre-maceration, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for 10 months in oak barrels, one-third of which were new, one-third one-year-old and one-third two-year-old. The barrels are 75 % French oak and 25 % American oak.
This Spanish red is midway between the mineral earthy classicism and the modern fruitiness of Ribera del Duero appellation wines. Very colourful, aromatic, ripe and full-bodied, it has notes of black fruits, sweet spices, smoke and torrefaction. It is dense, generous, textured, quite substantial and full on the palate; it will go perfectly with a wide range of recipes and combinations at the table where grilled meats are the star attraction.
As with other Chartier wines, the label offers you aromatic trails to follow!
3½ stars: Bill Zacharkiw, chacunsonvin.ca
3 stars: Jean Aubry, Le Devoir (March 2014): “Ribera del Duero 2012 Chartier, Spain –
The famous sommelier delivers a civilized version of the local Tinta del Pais here, offering a pure expression with a visibly happy fruity flavour, and above all, a complex-free wine that, through aging, delivers a tightly woven finish.”