In a nutshell: A rich and satisfying Ribera del Duero red from a quality focussed micro producer.
The lowdown: This has a little more structure and body than some of their other wines, but still retains the trademark freshness and drinkability for which they're known. It's medium to full bodied with dense youthful black fruits, savoury spice and hints of black olive. The rich fruit is well balanced by bright acidity that gives the wine real freshness.
When to drink: A charming wine with a rustic character, perfect to drink with hearty food on cold evenings.
Ribera del Duero is an area known for big reputations, big wines, and big oak influence. However the young winemaker German Blanco champions a fresher style of Tinto del Pais - the local name for Tempranillo. More recently he's established a project in nearby Rioja with the same aims in mind.
He calls his project a 'Micro-winery' and it is a true family business, based around the village of La Aguilera in the Burgos province. He works with very old vineyards, many of which are planted at over 900 metres above sea level. German makes his elegant, fruit-forward wines using foot-treading, wild yeast fermentation and minimal handling. All his wines share a delicious rusticity, purity of fruit, and incredible freshness. They have quickly become Indigo classics, and we see this as a project of enormous potential and value.