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Hacienda Solano Viñas Viejas 2021

Hacienda Solano Viñas Viejas

2021
94
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£28.40

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Spec sheet

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

The wine

Viñas Viejas is the flagship of Hacienda Solano, a wine made from vines of more than 60 years of family ownership. The freshness typical of the strong thermal contrasts and the more than 800 meters of altitude, is felt in every sip of this wine, giving it a remarkable elegance among the reds of the Ribera del Duero. The delicate vines, treated without systemic ones, require a manual harvest in small boxes and a meticulous selection of the grapes that allow only the best fruit to reach the winery.

In order to preserve the unique character of each plot, the vinifications of each small piece of land pass separately. Both the pre-fermentation maceration and the fermentation itself take place at a controlled temperature to preserve all the freshness of the fruit. The fur hat is soaked to prevent rusting and to ensure accurate removal. Once converted into wine, it will continue to be in contact with the skins for a week, prior to its 14-month aging in barrels and 4 months of rest in the tank, prior to bottling, which will guarantee its perfect harmony.

We are dealing with a floral wine, elegant and with a good body. With each new vintage the oak seems better integrated and the fruit somewhat fresher. The set is of a great balance and elegance, with the chalky tannins derived from the limestone floors giving it a stately bearing. The spicy and smoky aromas intermingle with those of wild berries adorning a round and mature palate. It perfectly shows the style of the house, which seeks the typicality of the riverside wine without giving up showing the natural freshness of the old vines planted under the cool climate of La Aguilera. Its minerality and extraordinary structure predict a great future, while its austerity and silky touch speak of balance and refinement.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Cherry red / Violet rim
Bouquet
Red fruit / Herbaceous notes / Hot spicy notes / Tertiary aromas
Mouth
Balanced / Structured / Ripe tannins / Persistent

Drinking and storing

16ºC

Food pairing

Iberian pork cheek / Roast suckling pig / Oven-baked quails

Ratings and awards

202194 PK
202094 PK
201993 PK93 PN
201894 PK
201792 PK
201694 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The old vines are a great cushion against vintage variation, as seen in the serious, restrained and moderately ripe 2019 Viñas Viejas that was cropped from a warm and dry year. This comes from selected plots that are over 70 years of age and where the Tempranillo is intermixed with some 2% white grapes that also make it into the fermentation vat. The grapes were picked between September 19th and 22nd and fermented by soil (marl, sand and clay). This year, they shortened the time in barrel (500 liter ones) to eight months, and then the wine was transferred to concrete to complete an élevage of some 19 months. It's a little more powerful than the 2020; and the main difference is the quality of the tannins, which are a little grainier and dustier here, as the parameters are quite similar to those of the 2020 I tasted next to it. 21,830 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.4/5
25 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

Vine age60 years
ClimateContinental
YieldsLow yields

The winery

Hacienda Solano

Hacienda Solano

Hacienda Solano is a small family-owned winery in La Aguilera, a historic village in Burgos and home to some of the best vineyards in the DO Ribera del Duero appellation. The winery's plots, some of which are a hundred years old, thrive in extreme climatic conditions at altitudes of around 1000 metres. The terrain plus the small size of the plots mean mechanized farming methods are out of the question. The oenologist Sophie Khün, from Alsace and with a long professional...

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