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Dominio Basconcillos

Viña Magna Reserva 2014

Price: $89.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Dominio Basconcillos
Vintage Year: 2014
Highest Rating: 94pts ( Wine Spectator)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. Ribera del Duero


A late harvest of Tempranillo from Alto del Cura, an isolated high-elevation estate parcel over 80 years old, informs this complex wine. It is rich and full-bodied, with elegant roundness punctuated by intense black fruit character.

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Viña Magna Reserva (2014) - "This modern red shows a broad, plush texture backed by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Currant and plum pudding flavors mingle with espresso, licorice and mineral notes, which give way to a finish scented with floral and chocolate accents. Drink now through 2028. 300 cases made."

94 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, Oct 15, 2018

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Viña Magna Reserva (2014) - "Toasty oak and graphite aromas fortify a nose that's lemony on the surface and ripe and fruity at the base. A creamy, resiny mouthfeel is toughened by hard tannins, while this wine tastes of toasty oak and black fruits. A dark, woody finish is chocolaty and rich. Drink through 2027. Editors' Choice."

93 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 1, 2017

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Viña Magna Reserva (2011) - "This powerful red delivers cassis, blackberry and garrigue flavors,framed by espresso, tar and mineral notes, well-integrated and supported by muscular tannins and balsamic acidity. Dense but lively, with floral and mineral accents on the long, expressive finish."

95 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, May 11, 2016

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Overview: In the late 1990s Burgos native José María Basconcillos sought virgin land in at high elevation to provide the perfect conditions for organic viticulture. He found it in 125 acres at the northernmost extreme of the region, at an altitude of over 3300 feet. Using cuttings from ungrafted vines, native Tinta del País (Tempranillo) clones were obtained for in-field grafting in 2001. The undulating and sloping terrain offers varied soil types (chalk, sand, clay, loam) and diversity of terroir within the contiguous property.

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History: The state of the art bodega, located among the vines château-style, is efficiently designed to obtain maximum quality. Grapes are harvested and delivered in 16kg crates, de-stemmed, and thrice-selected before entering the gravity flow process as whole berries. Bordeaux-trained native enologist Francisco Barona seeks concentration with maximum freshness and balance, taking advantage of the high elevation, low-pH fruit to conduct patient and natural winemaking. The wines undergo malolactic and are aged in a mixture of French and American oak, one-third new, for the time required according to wine and vintage.

Estate comprises 125 contiguous acres at the highest and most northern extreme of Ribera del Duero, over 3300 feet in elevation.

Location of the earliest monastic vineyards in the area, Dominio Basconcillos represents a return to the high slopes. 100% organic viticulture, indigenous-clone Tempranillo field-grafted in 2001. Wines are aged in a mixture of French and American oak, one-third new.

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