2006 Reserva Tempranillo
Spain: Ribera Del Duero
70 years and 15 months
The first thing that you should know about today’s 92 point (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) wine is that it is powerful and extracted for a Tempranillo. Our entire tasting panel was delightfully surprised by this (so much so that our panelists reserved a few bottles for themselves). Very few wines from Tinto Figuero find their way into the United States and we are very proud to be the only online merchant in the country to have this very special wine.
Tinto Figuero has been farming grapes in the Ribera del Duero for the last 70 years. Over the decades, they’ve grown grapes for some of Spain’s most-recognized wineries. Today, they also craft their own wines under their Tinto Figuero label. The grapes that they farm are, on average, 50 years old.
Today’s 2006 Tinto Figuero Reserva Tempranillo is an incredible wine. It is big and bold with deep flavors and lovely aromatics. Wonderful, integrated tannins provide great structure and a plush grip at the edges of the palate. The finish is exceedingly long.
If you like lighter-bodied Tempranillo, this wine may not be for you. If you love richness and elegance and flavors that will inspire you to Tango, this is the wine for you.
Deep, dark rustic plum at its core, flowing into a light ruby fringe.
Deep, bold notes of extracted braised plum and dark aged tobacco, with hints of black cherry compote and a light savory component.
Powerful and rich, with a bright acidity on the initial tasting, this wine digs in to show a beautiful complexity on the edges of the palate. Strong notes of black current and a well aged cigar box, with a slight hint of black licorice and very concentrated English Breakfast black tea.
Elegant, crushed velvet tannin feel on the tongue, with an extended, well structured finish.
Spice rubbed barbecued pork served alongside freshly picked wild mushrooms.
What the Winery Says
Garcia Figuero’s Fifteen Months In Barrel is a bright, clean wine, cherry-red in color with red reflections bordering on the luminescent, and long, thick legs. Complex aromatic aromas combine ripened fruit and spices, with licorice notes. Powerful on the palate, the wine is well-balanced and its pleasant tannins bring harmony and balsamic notes to the long, intense finish.
The Tempranillo grapes used in this wine come from vines that are more than 50 years old. After being hand-harvested and undergoing cluster selection in the vineyards, the grapes are de-stemmed and go through gravity-controlled tanks, with two days maceration prior to fermentation. An additional 14 days of maturation follow, with malolactic fermentation taking place. The wine is aged for fifteen months in new barrels (95-percent American and 5-percent French oak). It then spends an additional 21 months aging in bottle before leaving the cellar.
- José Maria García and Milagros Figuero
- 92 Points - Wine Advocate, 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Ribera del Duero, Spain
- Grape Variety
- 100% Tempranillo
- Barrel aged for 15 months in new oak (95% American, 5% French)
About the Winery
José Maria García and Milagros Figuero are a vine growing couple who have devoted their lives to looking after their ‘majuelos,’ or young vines. They are the proud heirs to a culture that has come down to them through several generations. Day after day is taken up with caring for some 45 hectares of vines, over half of which had already been carefully and meticulously farmed by their ancestors, who patience and skill have been inherited by José and Milagros.