Grapes: 100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo)
Fruit was sourced from the villages of Hoyales de Roa y Castrillo de la Vega, specifically the parcels Alto la Peña, La Retama and Cuarterones. These plots exhibit sandy soils with a layer of clay at the surface and average 15 years in age. The vines are farmed organically, but are not certified.
The grapes were lightly crushed and de-stemmed prior to alcoholic fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine saw malolactic fermentation half in stainless steel and half in oak barrels. The barrels used for aging were 90% French oak and 10% new American oak. The wine saw a total of 12 months aging in barrel.
(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 Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
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 Issue 229
March 1, 2017