Dominio del Aguila - 2016 - Vina Viejas Blanco Albillo Viejas - 750 ml.
Spain - Ribera del Duero
White - Vintage: 2016 - Size: 750 ml.
Albillo is a catch-all name for a diverse collection of white grape varieties in Spain. Due to the fact that the name derives from the Spanish word for white, Albillo can differ from region to region, and can even be used for different varieties within a single D.O.! In Ribera del Duero, where white wines are not recognized under D.O. rules, there are several ancient varieties that are called Albillo. Jorge makes it simple however – he only selects Albillo with small clusters and a deep golden color when ripe to make his Blanco.
"They also produced their white in 2015 but were waiting because the wine is too young and they don't know if the wines from 2015 like this 2015 Blanco will be allowed to carry the Ribera del Duero appellation. To me, it's a no-brainer, because the wine is extraordinary and can be one of the ones to carry the white Ribera del Duero flag. But anyway, even in a warmer and riper year, the wine has a moderate 13% alcohol and a very low pH and took over one year to complete its fermentation. It matured in French oak barrels for 35 months. Tasted next to the 2016 white, it shows the differences in ripeness and also the way the wine wears the oak in a different way. The grapes were picked very early and yields were low and maintained parameters similar to 2016. The palate is salty and bright, with flavors and more elegance than the previous years, with a terrific finish. Seeing how good the 2012 is today (I clearly underestimated it when I first tasted it), this should develop beautifully in bottle. 2,358 bottles and 48 magnums were filled in August 2018 after a slightly longer élevage."