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DOMINIO BASCONCILLOS

Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. Ribera del Duero
City: Gumiel de Izán
Winery Website: www.dominiobasconcillos.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 41.815321,-3.657297

OVERVIEW

In the late 1990s Burgos native José María Basconcillos sought virgin land in at high elevation to provide the perfect conditions for organic viticulture. He found it in 125 acres at the northernmost extreme of the region, at an altitude of over 3300 feet. Using cuttings from ungrafted vines, native Tinta del País (Tempranillo) clones were obtained for in-field grafting in 2001. The undulating and sloping terrain offers varied soil types (chalk, sand, clay, loam) and diversity of terroir within the contiguous property.

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HISTORY

The state of the art bodega, located among the vines château-style, is efficiently designed to obtain maximum quality. Grapes are harvested and delivered in 16kg crates, de-stemmed, and thrice-selected before entering the gravity flow process as whole berries. Bordeaux-trained native enologist Francisco Barona seeks concentration with maximum freshness and balance, taking advantage of the high elevation, low-pH fruit to conduct patient and natural winemaking. The wines undergo malolactic and are aged in a mixture of French and American oak, one-third new, for the time required according to wine and vintage.

Estate comprises 125 contiguous acres at the highest and most northern extreme of Ribera del Duero, over 3300 feet in elevation.

Location of the earliest monastic vineyards in the area, Dominio Basconcillos represents a return to the high slopes. 100% organic viticulture, indigenous-clone Tempranillo field-grafted in 2001. Wines are aged in a mixture of French and American oak, one-third new.


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PRESS

Viña Magna (2016) - "A plush texture carries bold, sweet flavors in this alluring red. Black raspberry and currant fruit mingle with cocoa, toast and loamy earth notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Generous and harmonious, in the modern style."

93 points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Apr 10, 2019

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Viña Magna Reserva (2014) - "This modern red shows a broad, plush texture backed by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Currant and plum pudding flavors mingle with espresso, licorice and mineral notes, which give way to a finish scented with floral and chocolate accents. Drink now through 2028. 300 cases made."

94 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, Oct 15, 2018

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Viña Magna (2015) - "Tar and loamy earth notes frame blackberry, cocoa and mineral flavors in this generous red. Firm, well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity give this focus. Shows depth and balance, in the modern style. Drink now through 2030. "

92 points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 31, 2018

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Viña Magna (2015) - "This pitch black colored Tempranillo opens with a fragrant ripe blackberry and oak bouquet with hints of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, well-balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a mineral influenced blackberry with notes of oak and clove. I also detected a hint of black cherry towards the end. The finish is rather dry and its moderate tannins are well-managed and show very nice length. This Tempranillo would pair very nicely with Roy’s rib roast. Enjoy."

92 points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 19, 2018

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Viña Magna (2015) - "Deep, dark black fruit aromas. Juicy and succulent palate with firmness of tannins and supportive oak. A grand result."

91 Points, Silver Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, May 29, 2018

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Viña Magna 6 Meses (2016) - "Very pleasant indeed with suave spicy cherry, a rich texture and sweet vanilla on the finish. Certainly one to try. "

90 Points, Silver Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, May 29, 2018

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Viña Magna (2014) - "Toasty oak and graphite aromas fortify a nose that’s lemony on the surface and ripe and fruity at the base. A creamy, resiny mouthfeel is toughened by hard tannins, while this wine tastes of toasty oak and black fruits. A dark, woody finish is chocolaty and rich. Drink through 2027. "

93 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast , Nov 1, 2017

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Viña Magna (2011) - "Ultraripe aromas of blackberry, cassis, raisin, tobacco and vanilla lead to a plush flush palate with kick-ass tannins. This tastes of baked blackberry, cassis and chocolate, while the finish is stout and dense as a brick. If you like full-bodied, ripe and saturated reds, this was made for you. Drink through 2025."

93 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2017

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Dominio Basconcillos 12 Meses (2011) - "This is a concentrated bruiser from a ripe warm vintage. Aromas of cheesy oak, vanilla, maple and blackberry require as much air as possible. Saturated, heavy and jammy on the palate, this pounds the palate with rugged tannins. Flavors of blackberry, prune and chocolate finish thick, chewy and grabby. This is not about elegance—it’s all about power and concentration. Drink through 2025."

92 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2017

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Dominio Basconcillos 6 Meses en Barrica (2016) - "Spicy, meaty, coffee, violet and jammy dark berries on the nose. A fresh, concentrated palate with a long drying finish. Very modern."

94 Points, Silver Award
Decanter, World Wine Awards, May 25, 2017

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Viña Magna (2014) - "Toasty, vanilla oak on the nose. Gorgeous silkiness on the palate. Sweet black fruit dominates the long finish. Wow factor."

92 Points, Silver Award
Decanter, World Wine Awards, May 25, 2017

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Viña Magna (2011) - "This pitch black colored Tempranillo is a bold and concentrated wine. It opens with a fragrant blueberry, black cherry and dark chocolate bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, juicy and rich. The flavor profile is fig and rum cake blend with notes plum. I also detected hints of black pepper, espresso and oak. The finish is dry and its flavors and medium tannins linger and last for a while. I would drink this wine on its own on a chilly night by the fireplace. Enjoy – Ken"

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, May 1, 2017

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Elle Gourmet Spring 2017 - "Feature article on María José and Carmen Basconcillos. http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_80/Images/ElleGourmetSpring2017.pdf "


Elle Gourmet, Apr 1, 2017

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Viña Magna (2011) - "Round and plush, this velvety red delivers plum, boysenberry, fig pudding, cola, chocolate and spicy flavors, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. A generous, modern style. "

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 1, 2016

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Viña Magna 6 Meses (2014) - "The lively flavors of black cherry, plum, licorice and cocoa are ripe but fresh, with light, firm tannins and crisp acidity imparting structure and focus. Shows balance and energy. Drink now through 2020. "

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 1, 2016

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Dominio Basconcillos 6 Meses (2014) - "Gold Medal"


Sélections Mondiales Des Vins, Canada, Jun 1, 2016

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Viña Magna (2011) - "Gold Medal"


Concours Mundial de Bruxelles, Jun 1, 2016

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Dominio Basconcillos 12 Meses (2011) - "Black cherry, plum, loamy earth and graphite flavors are accented by tarragon and smoky notes. Muscular tannins and balsamic acidity impart a sturdy structure."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, May 18, 2016

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Viña Magna Reserva (2011) - "This powerful red delivers cassis, blackberry and garrigue flavors,framed by espresso, tar and mineral notes, well-integrated and supported by muscular tannins and balsamic acidity. Dense but lively, with floral and mineral accents on the long, expressive finish."

95 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, May 11, 2016

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