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Bela 2021

Bela

2021
The triumphant arrival of CVNE in Ribera del Duero
92
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

In 1910, the co-founder of the CVNE winery Eusebio Real de Asúa designed a wine label with three stars, one for each of his children: Sofía (or Bela to the family), Áurea and Ramón. Following their recent move into winemaking in Ribera del Duero, CVNE decided to recover this image and the name of Bela to label their first wines in the region.

What does this wine taste like?

The result is a fine and elegant red wine with an intense Picota cherry colour and violet glints in the glass. A notable aromatic complexity of red fruit and floral notes with sweet spicy hints over a smoky background thanks to its time spent in wood. With flavoursome tannins, great acidity and length, Bela is a wine which expresses the characteristics of Ribera del Duero, but which also, as expected in a CVNE wine, shines with its own personality.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Picota cherry red / Violet glints
Bouquet
Complex / Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Spicy notes / Floral scents / Ageing notes / Smoky notes
Mouth
Good acidity / With personality / Tasty tannins / Long

Ratings and awards

202192 PK
202092 SK
201991 PK
PK: ParkerSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The bread-and-butter wine here is the 2021 Bela, produced with Tempranillo from the village of Villalba de Duero (mentioned on the label), from sandy and clay rich soils on limestone mother rock that delivers powerful but not overripe wines with a short-ish élevage to achieve a fine-boned and fresh wine. The grapes were picked between October 1st and 25th, mostly Tempranillo but some 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot too, and it matured in French oak barrels for nine months. The wine has 14.3% alcohol, a pH of 3.57 and close to five grams of acidity, textbook parameters from the zone and textbook profile of classical Ribera; it's ripe without excess, with very integrated oak and a velvety palate with silky tannins. It reminds me of the historical wines from the early 1990s, Valribeño and so on, with some rusticity but very honest and characterful. With time in the glass, it develops a precise note of licorice intermixed with berry fruit and some spices and herbs. They feel this is the wine they wanted to produce from the beginning; they consider it their best vintage to date irrespective of the style of the year, with 2019 more powerful, 2020 more elegant and this 2021 something in between. 85,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

3.3/5
3 reviews
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Winemaking

Bela is made with a careful selection of hand-picked grapes and a traditional vinification process. Cold maceration, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks and six months' ageing in a mixture of both new and used American and French oak barrels.

 

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period6 months
Barrel ageNew and one wine
Type of woodAmerican and French oak