Localization: Vino de Calidad de Valtiendas, Spain
Tasting Notes: the wine is deep, full-bodied, young, and very well-balanced, with a fine core, good soil signature, ripe, well-integrated tannins, and a long, tangy, and youthful finish.
Notes: This wine is produced with 100% Tempranillo grapes, from 20-year-old vines planted in very chalky soils at 900 meters above sea level. Grapes were hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tank. The wine was then aged in 500 L oak barrels for 6 months
The Domain: Pago el Almendro was founded in 2007 by Oscar Hernando. He is a high-energy chef/sommelier/restauranteur who cooks farms his own vineyard and vegetables and makes wine. Focused on the largely unknown region of Valtiendas, which is located immediately southwest and at a higher elevation than its more famous neighbor, Ribera del Duero. Hernando farms two vineyards, each with truly unique soils and aspects. The higher elevation offers pure chalky and a climate so marginal that harvest often waits for the first freeze of the Autumn.