Aptus

"Wine intended to consume young... intense, very fruity, fresh and unctuous in the mouth. Wine with a lot of life." —
Migel Angel Penalba, winemaker
Appellation
Ribera del Duero D.O.
Grape(s)
95% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and Monastrell
Altitude/Soil
800 meters / sand and gravel with clay at lower elevations
Farming Methods
certified organic methods; biodynamic farming (not certified)
Harvest
hand harvested on Sept 30 and Oct 1 in relation to the lunar calendar and with respect to biodynamic "fruit" day
Production
3 day cold maceration, fermentation with native microbes for 8 additional days with skins, malolactic conversion in barrel
Aging
Aged between 8-11 months in used, 80% French and 20% American oak barrels.
Suggested Retail Price
$20
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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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Aptus 2019
92 (WRO)
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92 Wine Review Online This wine is not about fireworks, but rather about purity of fruit, which it achieves at an extremely high level. I’ve written before (many times, but I’m not done) that young, modestly-oaked Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero is among the world’s most delicious and versatile wines, in addition to being the most transparent of all Spain’s renditions of its premier red variety—and a great value on top on all of that. This is an object lesson in everything you just read, and I encourage you to put my claims to the test by tasting this, with the promise that if you don’t like it (and can pass a lie detector test to that effect), I’ll come mow your lawn for the rest of the summer. Medium-bodied but with lots of fresh, dark-cherry fruit aromas and flavors, this is highly expressive, but fruit-driven in its expressiveness, with only wispy touches of spice and oak derived from the 8 months that this spent in barrique (or barrica, in Spanish). There is essentially no oak tannin to make the finish astringent, and just enough ripe, fine-grained grape tannin to offer grip in the finish and keeping this from seeming “grapey” or unstructured. This is undeniably delicious. I’d suggest you not even bother trying to fool a lie detector, but go for it if you wish; my mower is ready.
Michael Franz – August 24, 2021
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