Francisco Barona 2018 Ribera Del Duero Spain
Francisco is a young 4th generation winemaker who’s garnering attention for his polished and powerful Ribera del Duero wines. In 2011 after studying oenology in Bordeaux, Francisco came back to his home and purchased 5 plots of old vine (100 yr old) Tempranillo that were producing grapes to be sold to the famed Vega Sicilia winery. 2014 was the first vintage of wines under his name. His 2018 wine is strikingly beautiful in the glass with its dense purple and black color. On the palate it’s a bold, powerful full bodied wine concentrated with blackberry and black cherry fruits. Francisco aged this wine 17 months in new French oak barrels which added plenty of baking spices, licorice and vanilla and helped smooth out the wine’s bold tannic structure.