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Rippa Dorii, Los Curas, Rueda

Rippa Dorii is an Ontañón Family project, producing wines from two of Spain’s most important wine regions that run alongside the River Duero – Ribera del Duero and Rueda. The name Rippa Dorii is the latin form of ‘Ribera del Duero’ – inspiration for the name and label came from the nearby 13th century chapel of Santa Maria de Ripa Dorii, in Torrecilla de la Abadesa.

They have vineyards in the heart of the Ribera region, in the Fuentecén area, bathed by the Duero and its tributary the Riaza river. Here altitudes reach over 900 metres and the climate is harsh, with irregular rain, uncertain frosts, and short and extremely hot summers. Their red wines here are produced solely from the Tempranillo grape, also known in the region as Tinto Fino or Tinta del Pais.

The Verdejo grapes are sourced from the Los Curas vineyard 5km from the winery in Rueda. They are harvested in the cool of the night to maintain freshness and aromas. After transporting to the cellar the grapes are chilled further and undergo a 12 hour maceration. Part of the must is then fermented in stainless steel on fine lees, and part is fermented and barrel aged in French oak. After 6 months the wine is blended – the final wine has 80% of the stainless steel component, and 20% oak-aged.

The Rippa Dorii Los Curas has aromas of citrus and white peach alongside fennel and lightly toasted notes. The palate is complex with stone fruit and bright acidity balanced by savoury, nutty characters – all giving texture and weight.

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