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Ribera del Duero Interpretación by Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos 2016

Ribera del Duero Interpretación

by Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos 2016

Producer : Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos

Region : Ribera del Duero (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"In its first year, the 2016 Interpretación is Tempranillo from over 40-year-old head-pruned vines on sand, clay and limestone soils with plenty of stones at 900 meters in altitude. It went through a cold soak and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and concrete vats. It matured for 16 months in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels, 40% of them new. I was blown away by the wine in bottle, after tasting the 2017 in barrel. This is Ausás's interpretation of Ribera del Duero after 30 years of experience. He's sourcing grapes from specific growers that he has known for a long time, as he had purchased grapes for Alión from many of them. The wine shows the character of Ribera, a chalky backbone of fine-grained tannins, coated by fruit and berries, an herbal, spicy touch and perfectly integrated oak. There is good freshness, a rare combination of elegance and power and superb balance. My guess is the wine should develop nicely and for a very long time in bottle."

95 points - Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug 2018

"An exceptional first vintage, from a winemaker who knows Ribera del Duero intimately and understands blending. Dark fruit, liquorice and blueberry aromatics, not in the least oaky. Elegant, pure and refined overall. Fine-grained tannin adds texture and interest, overlaid by black fruits and running through the palate is the keynote freshness of this producer's philosophy. ‘This wine is a keeper,’ says winemaker Xavier Ausás, ‘a minimum of 15 years.’"

95 points - Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter Magazine, Feb 2020

"Xavier Ausàs used to work at Vega Sicilia but now has his own label. This is an impressive début using fruit from five growers: polished and refined with scented vanilla spice and palate-cleansing elegance."

95 points / Top 100 - Tim Atkin MW 2018





Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 95
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos
Region Ribera del Duero (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 15% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 100% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables
Descriptors Floral, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $689.94

The Producer

Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos

Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos is located in the heart of Spain's Ribera del Duero region. Established in 2004, the winery has quickly gained a reputation for producing exceptional wines that showcase the unique characteristics of the local terroir.

The owner, Miguel Angel de Gregorio is a fourth-generation winemaker. He inherited a passion for winemaking from his family and has dedicated his life to producing high-quality wines that reflect the region's rich winemaking tradition.

The winemaker responsible for crafting the wines is Maria Jose Garcia. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Garcia brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos benefits from the region's unique terroir, which is characterized by a continental climate, rocky soils, and high altitude vineyards. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of over 800 meters above sea level, which allows for slow ripening and optimal flavor development.


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