"Wine intended to consume young... intense, very fruity, fresh and unctuous in the mouth. Wine with a lot of life." —
Migel Angel Penalba, winemaker
Ribera del Duero D.O.
95% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and Monastrell
800 meters / sand and gravel with clay at lower elevations
Farming Methods
certified organic methods; biodynamic farming (not certified)
hand harvested on Sept 30 and Oct 1 in relation to the lunar calendar and with respect to biodynamic "fruit" day
3 day cold maceration, fermentation with native microbes for 8 additional days with skins, malolactic conversion in barrel
Aged between 6-8 months in used, 80% French and 20% American oak barrels.
Wine Name
Aptus 2014
90 (VM) 89 (RP)
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90 Vinous Media (aged for eight months in French and American oak, 25% new): Deep ruby. Heady aromas of ripe blackberry and cherry, with complicating vanilla and violet flourishes. Lush and broad in the mouth, offering palate-coating dark berry and cherry compote flavors and a subtle floral pastille nuance. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness, a hint of smokiness and harmonious tannins. With no excess fat or easy sweetness, this is pretty energetic for such a brawny wine. 2017 – 2021
89 The Wine Advocate The 2014 Aptus is a young and fruit-driven Tempranillo with 5% Garnacha from ten-year-old, organically farmed vines. The grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts and the wine matured in French and American oak barrels for six months. It's clean, fresh and feels alive, the nose has an herbal touch and something wild/balsamic that makes it feel quite young. The palate is juicy, pleasant and easy, with fine tannins and moderate acidity. 12,000 bottles. 2017 - 2019
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Aptus 2015
90 (VM) 89 (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media (fermented in stainless steel tanks, with malolactic fermentation and six months of aging in used French and American oak barrels) Bright violet. Spice-tinged aromas of ripe black and blue fruits are joined in the glass by a hint of vanilla. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the palate, offering plush blueberry and cassis flavors that pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Gentle tannins shape a very persistent, dark-fruited finish that leaves behind a lively suggestion of cracked pepper.
89 View from the Cellar The Aptus Tinto from Bodegas Peñalba Herraiz was a new wine to me this year, with their 2015 coming in at 14.5 percent alcohol and having spent six months of its elevage in oak casks. The wine is a blend of ninety-five percent Tempranillo and the other five percent a mix of Garnacha and Monastrell, with the vineyards farmed organically and in conversion to biodynamics. Indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation and no enzymes are utilized in the cellars. The 2015 Aptus has a ripe, but pure nose of black cherries, plums, dark chocolate, clovelike spice tones, a bit of lead pencil and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet, with a good core, moderate tannins and good length and grip on the very slightly hot finish. There are a lot of good things going on here, but the 14.5 percent octane gets just a bit distracting on the backend and keeps the score down a tad. If the bodegas could get this into the fourteen percent range, it would be stunning, rather than just pretty good! I should mention that this is also very reasonably priced for Ribera del Duero, retailing here in the US at seventeen dollars a bottle. 2017-2035.
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