Tr3smano’s “Vendimia” brings together Tempranillo from vineyards in three distinct subzones of the Ribera del Duero’s “Golden Mile”. Some of Spain’s most iconic wineries are found in this 15 kilometre stretch, including Vega Sicilia, Bodegas Aalto, and Dominio de Pingus, and more. Tr3smano’s vineyards lie above the river banks at 850 metres above sea level: 30 hectares of gnarled, low-yielding vines ranging from 35 to 80 years old. The continental climate, characterized by considerable swings in temperature from summer to winter and day to night, results in elegant, structured wines with bright acidity and nicely integrated tannin structure. This is a prime example of the DO’s best from one of its rising stars – from an excellent vintage, too.
The winery is incredibly selective in its harvesting and winemaking practices. Only fruit of the highest quality is accepted, and only the best lots are bottled. Bunches are harvested by hand in small boxes to avoid crushing the berries. Grapes were cold-macerated for five days prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks to encourage the expression of bright fruit flavours. The wine was transferred to new oak barrels (75% French, 25% American) for malolactic fermentation, where it matured for 18 months.
Bright cherry red in colour, the nose is concentrated and complex, with ripe red fruit, toast, smoke, cocoa, and pepper spice. Those notes carry on to the palate, with balanced acidity and persistent, silky tannins.
The 2016 has yet to be critiqued, but the 2015 received 94 points and a “Top 100 Cellar Selection” award from Wine Enthusiast and the following review, “A ripe, heady nose of blackberry, toast, lemony oak and molasses amounts to something big but also pure. This is saturated on the palate in flavours of mocha, blackened toast and ripe berry, finishing on a well-mannered toasty note. Drink this outstanding Tempranillo from 2020–2040.”