"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 8-11 months in used, 80% French and 20% American oak barrels.
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Aptus 2017
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Aptus 2018
90 (WE) 90 (VM) 87 (VfC)
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90 The Wine Enthusiast Familiar blackberry and black cherry aromas include touches of spice and herbal hints. This feels flush, pulpy and generally well balanced. Black plum and blackberry flavors finish juicy but with some weight.
MICHAEL SCHACHNER – February/March 2021
90 Vinous Media Full ruby-red. Primary cherry and dark berry qualities on the perfumed nose, which opens up to show hints of violet and vanilla. Round and supple on the palate, offering sappy red and dark fruit flavors and a touch of mocha. Finishes with solid punch, a dusting of tannins and lingering sweetness. 80% French and 20% American oak. 2022 – 2028
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
87 View from the Cellar The 2018 Aptus Tinto from Bodegas Peñalba Herraiz is composed of a blend of ninety five percent Tempranillo and the other five percent a mix of Garnacha and Monastrell, with the vineyards farmed organically. In the torrid European summer of 2018, the Aptus has come in riper than in any previous vintage I have tasted of the wine, as this is a full fifteen percent octane. The wine offers up a nose of backed red and black cherries, a bit of apricot, chocolate, a bit of coffee grounds, soil and a discreet foundation of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full bodied and reasonably balanced for its octane, with a good core of fruit, moderate tannins and just a touch of backend heat on the long finish. This is a strong effort in a very challenging growing season, but it is not at the same level as previous vintages, from more classically inclined summers. 2020-2025.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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