Roble Del Convento, Bodegas Convento San Francisco, 75cl
This is Convento’s ‘young wine’, but it is no flimsy waif. On the contrary this is a solid, robust yet silky wine made from Tempranillo vines of 25 – 45 years of age.
Grown at around 900 metres above sea level on sand, gravel, red clay and stony limestone, the wine offers a degree of complexity and structure that belies its price and presents a superb entry point to the excellent wines of Ribera del Duero.
Aged for around 9 months in a combination of used French and American oak barrels, the winery’s aim to put fruit and terroir first has been accomplished with aplomb. Vibrant purple in the glass, fantastic purity of fruit on the nose, plums and spice, juicy and finely balanced on the palate.