Finca Villacreces Pruno Ribera del Duero 2014
A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from 35-year-old vines growing on limestone-rich clay, sand and loam. After fermentation in tank, the wine matures for 12 months in neutral French oak barrels.
One of the most highly-regarded pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the
estate of Villacreces sits adjacent to Vega Sicilia along the Duero and at the
center of the golden mile. There is written evidence that the first vines were
planted on this estate in the 13th Century. During the 14th Century, it was
run by Saint Pedro de Villacreces and, later on, with its perfect conditions
for prayer and retreat, it became a monastery. In the 20th Century, the
property belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family from Valladolid, who used
to spend their holidays and weekends here. In the early 1970s, 40 hectares
of vines were planted, which has now been increased to 60. Including a
200-year-old forest, the estate comprises a total of 115 hectares.
In 2003, the Anton family – owners of a Rioja bodega and one of Spain’s
most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country – purchased
the estate and invested in revitalizing the property. Villacreces is situated
at 2,300 feet above sea level on poor soils comprised of lime, gravel, sand
and quartz which naturally keep yields low (the estate averages 1.6 tons per
acre). The proximity to the Duero river helps protect the vines from and
reduce the effects of the frosts that are common in the Ribera del Duero.