Rios de Tinta

"Bright and focused on the nose, displaying an array of dark fruit and floral aromas and suggestions of licorice and cola. Sappy and concentrated yet energetic, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors" —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino from 20-30 year-old vines
850 meters / sandy loam over calcareous clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic (not certified)
Hand harvested into small boxed in early October, clusters are hand sorted again at the winery prior to processing
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed, 4 day cold soak, fermented with native yeasts for 10-12 days with skins
Aged for several months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling
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Rios de Tinta 2018
90 (VM) ** (WP)
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90 Vinous Media Vivid ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and cola pick up a spicy overtone with air. Nicely concentrated yet lively in style, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors that show appealing sweetness. Smooth and seamless in character, finishing with repeating spiciness, supple tannins and a lingering note of red berry preserves. 2021 – 2027
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
** The Washington Post Score: ** Stars (Excellent)
Here’s a gulpable red wine, suitable for washing down steaks, burgers, pizza or salami. I suggest pouring a glass and setting glass and bottle aside for a half-hour to let the flavors unfurl while you sip a rosé and make dinner. According to the label, “Rios de Tinta” translates as rivers of ink, and this wine is, indeed, inky dark. The grape is tinta del pais, a local name for tempranillo. The wine offers meaty aromas and flavors, with a hint of dark berries and tobacco leaf.
April 2020
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Rios de Tinta 2019
92 (WE) 90 (WRO)
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92 Wine Enthusiast In this wine, aromas of black currant, caramel and cedar pave the way for flavors of black cherry, Chambord, eucalyptus, mocha and black olive. Well-integrated acidity and opulent tannins make their way into a lengthy finish marked with a touch of salinity.Best Buy.
Mike DeSimone; Issue June - July 2023
90 Wine Review Online Despite being relatively affordable, this wine seems to over-deliver in every vintage, displaying the purity and generosity that Ribera del Duero helps lend to Tempranillo more readily than any other Spanish appellation. The sometimes piney, resinous oak influence that might have scared first-time tasters off from Spanish reds is nowhere in evidence here, as this is all about dark cherry and berry fruit with soft, layered palate feel and a finish that never turns either tart or hard no matter how long you concentrate on the aftertaste as the wine tails off. For those who just love to sip on a glass of well-made red at the end of the day, this will do the trick, but it will also get along nicely with almost anything appropriate for medium-plus-bodied red at the table.
Michael Franz - Issue: December 1, 2020
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Rios de Tinta 2021
90 (OB) 89 (WS) 88 (VfC)
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90 2021 Rios de Tinta Ribera del Duero- Coming room 20 year old vines grown in chalky soils, the 2021 Rios de Tinta by Isaac Hernandez offers juicy red plum and red cherry flavors alongside a smooth mouthfeel and great sense of tension, with salty undercurrents. This is sensational to enjoy now. Drink 2023-2028-
Owen Bargreen - October, 2023
89 Wine Spectator A well-balanced, medium-bodied red, with light, taut tannins trimming expressive notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, singed sage and a subtle underpinning of iron and fresh, loamy earth. Spiced finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,700 cases made, 1,200 cases imported.
Alison Napjus – Issue Dec. 31 2023
88 View from the Cellar The 2021 Rios De Tinta from Isaac Fernández is made entirely from tempranillo, with the vines ranging from twenty to thirty years of age and all farmed organically. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised entirely in stainless steel tank. The 2021 version comes in at 14.5 percent octane and delivers a fine young nose of cherries, red plums, cigar wrapper, lovely spice tones, a good base of soil and a touch of orange peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, ripe and full-bodied, with fine depth at the core, tangy acids, moderate tannins and a bit of backend heat perking up the long finish. I really like the fruit tones here, which have stayed quite fresh, but one does have to work around the backend alcohol a touch. Some bottle age will help it mellow out a bit more. 2028-2045+.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
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