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Finca Villacreces
One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits between the world renowned estates of Vega Sicilia and Pingus, two of the most famous properties with in Ribera del Duero if not all of Spain. The estate was owned for years by the Cuadrado family but in 2003 was sold to the Anton family, owners of a Rioja bodega and one of Spain?s most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country.Historically, the wines of Villacreces have been a compromise between the newer style wines of Ribera and the classical rustic style of long ageing in older barrels. The dynamic young owners who have just taken over the estate want to take the fruit from this amazing terroir in a slightly different direction, with shorter periods in oak to preserve the fruit and freshness and liveliness of the wines. If their newest addtion ?Pruno? is any indication, they made a terrific choice. It has amazing colour and intensity, and is a sure sign of this estate?s steady ascent to the top of the ?quality tree? in Ribera del Duero.The vineyards are now farmed organically, with canopy management and natural treatments used instead of artificial chemicals. The myriad combinations of sand, gravel, shingle and quartz soils encourage low vigour in the vines (yields are around three tonnes per hectare) and different flavour profiles in the grapes. 75% of the vineyards are planted with Tempranillo (mostly on sand, which gives an attractive fleshiness to the wines), with 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly on the quartz and shingle, giving more mineral complexity). ?Nebro? is the 1.2 hectare site of the estate?s oldest (80+ years) Tempranillo vines (just three metres from Vega Sicilia), from which the single vineyard, special cuvee is produced only in exceptional vintages.
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