2018 Torremilanos, Ribera del Duero, Crianza (RT91+) A blend of organically and biodynamically farmed grapes, a blend of 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 17 months in mostly 2nd and 3rd passage French and American oak, with a smattering of new barrels. Dark ruby with a purplish tinge, this is deeply nuanced with masculine notes of blackberry, blueberry, wet earth and scrappy underbrush, there is also a hint of oak, but it dissipates with time in the glass. The palate is fruity, fresh and juicy where the acidity remains soft and the tannins pronounced but melded in. It’s surprising how much influence 5% Cabernet has on the end result. This needs a year or two to come together, so if you’re drinking it now be sure to decant it. Drink 2025-2035 Tasted October 2023