Quinta Sardonia

This is a find, and we’re thrilled with it. It’s Vino de la Tierras de Castilla y Léon because it’s a hop, skip and a jump outside the boundary of Ribera del Duero, 850m or so up on a ridge overlooking an undulating valley. It’s 17 ha in size, was planted in 1998, and is farmed biodynamically. There are 11 different soil types, mostly calcareous. The grapes in the QS are Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), plus Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. In that order. During the summer the best clusters are earmarked, and the different varieties are co-fermented. On the palate it’s all roasted meat seasoned with spice, rose petals and milk chocolate; it’s one of the new breed of glossy, super-detailed Spanish wines. By way of pedigree let me mention that winemaker, Jerome, is ex-Pingus. If you’re looking for a bargain you should pay attention to Quinta Sardonia.