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Prado Rey Gran Reserva Finca Real Sitio de Ventosilla 2009

$53
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     Prado Rey Gran Reserva comes from 520 Ha of estate-owned vineyards at an altitude of 813m. Prado Rey Gran Reserva is produced from a selection of the best quality plots in the estate's 8 vineyards at very low yield. This wine has only been produced in three excellent vintages (1999, 2004, and 2009). Total: 20,000 bottles.

    • Vintage: 2009
    • Appellation: D.O. Ribera del Duero 
    • Grapes: 95% Tempranillo, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
    • Aging period: 24 months in oak barrels and 6 months in oak vats
    • Oak: French Oak Barrels and Nevers oak vats


     

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    James Suclking, 91 pts

    "Ruby-reed with a dark brown rim. An intense, bright wine. Very complex aromas, with outstanding fruit, apple sauce, minerals, and balsamic notes. Elegant mothfeel with marked tannins. Complex structure, tasty finish, velvety aftertaste and a long life ahead."

     

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    Prado Rey is a winery with tons of history: In 1503, Queen Isabella of Castile buys the farm for 2,286,333 maravedís from the Count of Ribadeo. In the year 1600, Francisco Gómez Sandoval y Rojas, first Duke of Lerma and Prime Minister of King Philip III, built a palace, possibly designed by the royal architect Francisco Mora, to entertain the King when he visited the Royal Site of Ventosilla. On year 1603, Lope de Vega staged plays in the gardens of the Palace of Ventosilla for King Philip III and Rubens also visited the estate. In 1921,  an hydroelectric dam was built on THE DUERO RIVER which still provides electricity for the estate, and the winery. Later, in 1928, King Alfonso XIII named the estate Real Site of Ventosilla a model agricultural concern. It wasn't until 1989, when Javier Cremades de Adaro, and agronomist who loved the countryside, acquired the estate and planted the first 200 hectares which would eventually grow to 520 ha spread over eight terroirs: Hoyo Dornajo, La Mina, Prado del Rey, El Pino, Los Robles, Valdelayegua, Salgüero and La Recorba. Finally, in 1996, Prado Rey produces it's first vintage of red and rosé Ribera del Duero wine launched under the brand name PRADOREY.