2016 Alonso del Yerro (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain

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For many visitors (back when) the attraction of the Ribera del Duero region is the stone Ark. An imposing fortress, Castillo de Peñafiel which appears to be a floating ship from a distance. Perched on a rock promontory spared by the ancient mighty river Duero, which etched its valleys across Spain's elevated central plateau. For others (me too) the allure is the world famous suckling lamb, the delicacy of the Ribera del Duero. You might find suckling lamb in the village of Peñafiel, but travel east to the village of Aranda de Duero to visit restaurant El Lagar de Isilla for the house specialty. Don't miss the subterranean winery and cellars quarried deep into the limestone below. I'm heading north to the villages of Roa to restaurant Nazareno for some of the finest suckling lamb anywhere in the world. While in Roa, an ancient village founded by the Romans strategically overlooking the Ribera del Duero, look for "one of the region’s most compelling addresses," writes Josh Raynolds in Galloni's Vinous. That would be Alonso del Yerro. Bet you can't wait to travel again, too.


The eponymous Crianza 2016 Alonso del Yerro is the main wine produced at the winery. In the last few years, they have moved in the direction of fresher wines, but they're always thinking about the aging potential of the wines. 2016 was a cooler year that was a natural help for this and delivered a wine with slightly lower alcohol. The élevage was mostly in used oak, depending on the plot, and lasted between nine to 15 months, again depending on the character of the wine from the different lots. This is the vintage that best expresses the change toward more freshness and the expression of the place but with depth and the aging potential that they want to keep. There is an evolution, and this 2016 is aromatic and floral, with some complexity and nuance. They ferment and age separate lots that have the common character of the soil, and they do a blend after the élevage. This is the most elegant vintage for this bottling; there is a lot of precision that I like—perfect ripeness and very integrated oak—with some varietal characteristics. It's a happy wine but not banal. A superb 2016 from Ribera. 50,000 bottles and 1,000 magnums produced. It was bottled in July 2018.

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 246 - Dec 2019)

Inky ruby. Dark berry and cherry liqueur, fruitcake, smoky oak and a touch of vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with pliant black and blue fruit, mocha and floral pastille flavors, while exotic spice and mineral nuances build in the glass. Fleshy and concentrated but surprisingly lively thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Finishes on a gently tannic note, displaying excellent clarity and strong, smoky persistence.

94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Feb 2021)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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