95% Tempranillo, 5% Merlot 2015
Ribera Del Duero, Spain, $18.99
Finca Torremilanos is the second oldest winery in Ribera del Duero, created in 1903 by Don Calixto Seijas Zorrilla, although many of the vines in the estate were planted much earlier. The winery stands just under 3,000 feet from the Duero river. The soils of this terrific estate are alluvial from the old river bed, filled with river rocks, sand, silt and quartzite.
The entire 470 acres of the estate are organically farmed and contain some of the oldest vines in Spain to still be producing grapes. The estate's youngest are Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) vines at 30 years old with the oldest being about 90 years old. But the most impressive vines the estate has are of Viura (Macabeo) with around 180 years of age. Yes! They were planted in the 1830’s. The other white from the estate is Blanca del Pais (Tempranillo Blanco) which is around 80 years old. There is also some Garnacha, between 60 and 90 years old, and some Pinot Noir of 25 years old. Too bad they had to pull some approximately 130 year old vines of Garnacha back in the 1980’s.
When the owner of Torremilanos decided to send his sons abroad for high school, he picked... SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL in Bellingham. Today the three boys still have warm connections with our town. Together they now run the estate back home.