Finca Villacreces 2021 Ribera del Duero 'Pruno'

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Finca Villacreces is situated in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, the immediate neighbour to the prestigious Vega Sicilia. The wines produced here are less 'old-school' than Vega; perhaps a veneer of modernity gives them a point of difference. The wines are undoubtedly concentrated and ripe.

Pruno is made from the younger vines on the estate. This 2021 is made from 95% Tempranillo, or Tinto del Pais as they call in the Duero, with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spends 12 months in used French barriques.

The wine is deep red. Aromas of red berry fruit are married with toffee notes from French oak ageing. The fruit-driven palate is complemented by notes of liquorice, with well-integrated tannins and a juicy finish.

Grape Varieties

Drink 2024 - 2030



Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 14.5%

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The Wine Region

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is, along with Rioja & Priorat, one of Spain's most highly regarded regions for red wine, although only in the last two decades or so has it become part of the mainstream, hitherto an insider's wine. Here, the vineyards are dominated by Tempranillo, or Tinto de Pais as it is know here and are at, mostly, pretty high altitudes. This is an extreme environment where the winters are long and severe, with the summers dry and exhaustingly hot.

The region was put on the map by the world class producer Vega Sicilia, later being followed by Alejandro Fernandez of Tinto Pesquera and Peter Sisseck of Dominio de Pingus and Alnardo. These are the three pivotal producers who are pretty much gold standard for excellence in the region and Spain on the whole.

The Producer

Finca Villacreces

Finca Villacreces

Robert Parker has described Finca Villacreces as "the hidden jewel of Ribera del Duero." Located in the heart of Ribera del Duero's 'golden mile' with Vega Sicilia, its immediate neighbour neighbouring Pingus a few km away, this estate was acquired by the Antón family of the Rioja estate Izadi in 2003.

The vineyards employ 'integrated viticulture,' using canopy management and natural treatments instead of artificial chemicals. The diverse soils—sand, gravel, shingle, and quartz—produce low yields of intensely flavoured grapes (around three tonnes per hectare). At 735 meters above sea level, the 64-hectare estate has 85% Tempranillo, 5% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, each planted in soil that enhances its unique qualities.

The wines' modern touch shows excellent concentration, depth, and minerality—everything we look for in a Ribera del Duero producer.

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