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Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero 2014

Hacienda Monasterio is owned by Carlos del Rio whose family has been in the sherry business for decades. Being fortunate enough to own some prime, south-facing parcels on the right side of the river, Carlos hired Peter Sisseck, the owner/winemaker of the famed Ribera estate Pingus to take over the winemaking in 1995. Peter has helped to turn this old estate into a Ribera powerhouse with wines that can age for years.

A blend of 80% Tinto Fino, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and aged for 17 months in French oak (30% new). Deep bright red with ripe sweet berry fruits aromas and earthy mineral notes. On the palate fresh ripe cherry, strawberry and blueberry flavors with fine smooth tannins with hints of light spice. The finish lingers ending with some oak and smoke tones. Drinks well now, but needs some time to tone down the ripe fruit!