Protos Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Here we have a humbly designated Tinto Fino that bats at the level of most producers’ Crianza!
Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Elaboration: 12 months in (60%) French and (40%) American oak barrels. Both processes, the fermentation and maceration, were carried out in stainless steel vats at 28 degrees Celsius to obtain color and structure.
Tasting Notes: Ruby in color with a purple hue. Black fruit aromas, well balances with the oak, bringing sweet spicy and nice toasty notes. Good structure taste. Tasty, sweet, well balanced, with pleasant smooth tannins and toasty reminders on the finish.
2016 – 91 James Suckling | 94 Wine & Spirits
2017 – 91 James Suckling
2018 – 93 James Suckling
2019 – 90 Vinous
The name Protos comes from the Greek work for “first.” While Protos has several peers in the upper echelons of cult Ribera del Duero, it is difficult to argue whether or not Protos is the region’s most iconic winery – “Ribera del Duero” was literally the winery’s brand name until 1982, when Protos gifted the name to the rest of the region, allowing for the creation of the now revered Ribera del Duero appellation. The winery sits at the base of the symbolic Penafiel castle that identifies the region.
For the visitor Protos offers as dynamic an experience as they come – Walk in one direction and you can snake through miles and miles of underground cellars, walk in another and you are in the stunning new winery space designed by famed architect Richard Rogers.