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Hacienda Monasterio Crianza 2013

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There is change in the air at Hacienda Monasterio with winemaker Peter Sisseck declaring the era of high alcohol over. The chalky soils where the vineyards of Hacienda Monasterio are located have no difficulty making powerful wines but harnessing the terroir to make balanced wines requires a tremendous effort in the vineyard to match the yields to the vintage. In the cellar Peter has started employing increasingly higher proportions of stems, is moving towards a more gentle maceration and is employing more larger and more seasoned French oak barrels. The Crianza, remains a rich wine but with a greater freshness and vibrancy.
Category Red Wine
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero
Brand Hacienda Monasterio
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateThe wonderful 2013 Crianza from Hacienda Monasterio is one of the great successes from a challenging vintage that resulted in a heterogeneous collection of wines, where you can find the best and the worst. 2013 was a shorter vintage and they didn't do a Reserva or Reserva Especial that year, so the very best grapes from their estate vineyards went into this Crianza. In fact, they sold 40% of their production in bulk. The final blend was 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and they didn't use any Merlot this year. It's a very precise vintage, with symmetry and a chiseled mouthfeel coupled with very good acidity, a little higher than in 2014 and with half a degree less of alcohol. The Monasterio vineyards are south-facing, the warmer exposure in the northern hemisphere, so they have an advantage in cooler years such as this 2013. Since 2012, the vineyards are organically certified, even if they have always been worked that way; the only difference is that they are now officially certified. The fruit is red rather than black and the tannins are super fine and elegant, providing for that laser-cut precision. This is clearly among the best wines from the vintage. In a way it reminded me of the 1996. The severe selection resulted into 134,560 bottles, way below the average, and it really paid off. Bravo!

Luis Gutierrez, February 2017
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorPlush and rich, this red delivers ripe plum and currant fruit, with espresso, tar and smoky notes. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity support the thick texture. Drink now through 2025. 1,500 cases imported.

Thomas Matthews, October 15, 2016