ABOUT: Vina Sastre was founded by Jesus Sastre and his late brother Pedro in La Horra, Northern Spain, and sits within the borders of legendary DO Ribera del Duero, home to greats Vega Sicilia and Pingus. Unlike most of his neighbors, Jesus tinkers with organics and biodynamics in his old vineyards of Tempranillo in the towns La Horra and Roa, and not a drop of chemical or copper has touched his soil in 30+ years of working it. We are big fans of their style of Tempranillo, structured, powerful, and balanced. The white wine made from Jaen is one of our absolute favorites as well. And as always the wines have such friendly prices we can't help but stock as much as we can. It's not about the latest vintage with Vina Sastre, look to the older vintages for extraordinary development.
TASTE:The 2014 Crianza is 100% Tempranillo and spent 18 months in French oak barrels and possesses lifted aromas of raspberries, cranberries. Fresh baked spices billow from this wine. The flavors are concentrated with bold red fruit flavors, sweet preserves, cedar, and black pepper. Very fine texture with ripe, integrated tannins and acidity, a bold and complex Tempranillo that will continue positive development for another 15-20 years.
PAIR:Frijoles de la Olla, crispy potato tacos with garlic tomato sauce, sweet and hot roasted Jicama, and pasta with brown lentils and mushrooms.