D.O. Ribera del Duero / 409
409 is made from Tinta del País (Tempranillo) grapes from young and old vines from only two plots around Olmedillo Roa. The wine spends its crianza period in French oak barrels for 409 days. Hence its name.
In the last 30 years, the Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero has emerged to challenge the crown of Spain’s greatest wine region; Rioja. Located in Spain’s northern plateau, this region covers four Castile and León provinces – Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. But, despite what its name may suggest, Ribera del Duero does not cover all of the villages along the River Duero. Ribera del Duero was granted its Denominación de Origen status in 1982 and today it has over 250 wineries and over 22,000 ha of vineyards. Most of Ribera del Duero’s production is red wine and only a moderate amount of rosé is produced. No white wines are permitted under the D.O. yet, but they will be soon. The region is characterised by its largely flat, rocky terrain.
Bright ruby red with touches of violet. Aromas of blackberries and blueberries with subtle notes of toast and spices from the oak barrels. On the palate, plenty of soft round tannins, a well-integrated acidity and complex. A very well balanced wine and a persistent and pleasing finish.
A wonderful accompaniment to roast lamb, spinach and meat croquettes, suckling pig and beef chops with pepper.
The grapes from old and young vines macerate separately for three days. The young grapes ferment at very low temperature to extract as much fruit and expressive floral aromas as possible; whilst the grapes from the old vines are fermented at 26-28 ºC to ensure optimal expression. This ensures its characteristic colour and tannins. Finally, the wine ages for 409 days in French oak barrels before bottling.