"Under the intense sun of Valtiendas, in the heart of Castilla, this tempranillo shows its power. It is ripe, voluptuous, full of black fruit and sweet spice." —
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits Magazine
D.O.P. Vino de Calidad de Valtiendas
100% Tempranillo, from 20-year-old vines
900-950 meters / iron-rich, chalk with lots of large surface stones
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Hand harvested into small boxes
Hand sorted bunches were destemmed prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aged for 6 months in 500L French oak barriques
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Evolet 2013
90 (VM) 90 (VfC) 88 (RP)
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90 Vinous Media (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for six months in used 225-liter French and new 500-liter American oak barrels): Brilliant ruby. Aromas of fresh red and dark berries are complicated by suggestions of black pepper and lavender. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry, bitter cherry and licorice flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Closes floral and taut, with silky tannins coming in late and adding grip.
2018 – 2022
90 View from the Cellar As I mentioned last year, Evolet is made from twenty year-old tempranillo vines planted at an elevation of nine hundred meters above sea level in a vineyard with high limestone content. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and raised entirely in older oak, with a mix of seventy percent French and thirty percent American wood used. The 2013 Evolet is a fine follow-up to the 2012, though a bit tight when first poured and in need of a bit of aeration. Eventually it blossoms nicely to offer up a bouquet of raspberries, cherries, woodsmoke, a good base of chalky soil tones, a touch of clove and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, young and very well-balanced, with a fine core, good soil signature, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a long, tangy and youthful finish. This needs some bottle age to blossom, but will be a very good wine when it is ready to drink and is a fine value. 2022-2045.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
88 The Wine Advocate They harvested very late in 2013, into October, but as the season was late anyway, the 2013 Evolet managed to keep good freshness. It's a fresh and fruit driven Tempranillo, with classical aromas of cherries, raspberries and licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and very good acidity. This is an easy to drink Tempranillo. The wine fermented in stainless steel and matured in third-use French barriques for six months. 8,500 bottles produced.
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Evolet 2015
90 (VfC) 90 (VM)
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90 View from the Cellar The 2015 Evolet bottling from Aurelio Cabestrero is produced from twenty-five year-old tempranillo vines, planted in a chalky vineyard at a fairly high altitude for the region, reaching up to nine hundred meters above sea level. The 2015 vintage offers up a sappy young bouquet of black cherries, black plums, cigar smoke, dark chocolate violets and a touch of spicy oak (despite the wine being raised entirely in used casks). On the palate the wine is ripe and full-bodied, but nicely light on its feet for Ribera del Duero, due to the cooler nights at elevation. The finish is long, focused and nicely balanced, with fairly modest tannins and fine length and grip. This is a very good example that offers up fine value. 2018-2030+.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
90 Vinous Media Deep ruby. Ripe cherry, blueberry and a hint of vanilla on the perfumed nose. Smooth and open-knit, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and a hint of mocha. Fine-grained tannins sneak up slowly, adding shape to the long, smooth finish. Raised in used 500-liter French oak barrels. 2021- 2024
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
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Evolet 2020
91 (RP)
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91 The Wine Advocate The 2020 Evolet is a Tempranillo from Valtiendas with 14.5% alcohol and good acidity and freshness, keeping the balance. It fermented with 30% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in used barrels for 10 months and a further six months in an oak vat. 2020 was a very good year despite the difficulties from the pandemic; they harvested into October, and the grapes had ripened thoroughly. The wine has notes of ripe berry fruit and is a classical modern Tempranillo with spices, licorice and a touch of ripe melon. It has a full body with very round and bold tannins and ripe flavors. I tasted from a bottle just after opening it and from one that had been open for 24 hours, and the wine had opened nicely and didn't show any signs of fatigue. He wanted to make a more accessible and fresher wine within the powerful style from the zone, whose wines are not that different from the other reds from the Duero. 7,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2022. Drink Date:2023 - 2027.
Luis Gutiérrez - 01-31-2023
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