Vineyard: The vineyards for this wine are located in Soria which is in the far Eastern portion of Ribera del Duero. This area is not the "norm" for most wines from Ribera. The vineyards in this area tend to be very old and "ungrafted".
Orientation: Because it is further upstream in Ribera del Duero, Soria is at a slightly higher altitude. The different plots used for this wine have varying orientations.
Soil: A mixture of limestone, decomposed granite and clay. A majority of the blend is comprised of grapes grown on the granite and clay sites with some limestone used to create structure and depth.
Viticulture: Bertrand Sourdais, the head of the project is working with the vineyard owners to work biodynamically and organically.
Vinification: 15 day macerations in Inox. Temperature controlled. Spontaneous fermentation. No fining and No filtering.
Aging: 6 months in used French barrique. No new wood.
Production: 8,000 cases
Publication: Wine advocate
I loved the nose of the 2014 Antídoto, which is Tempranillo produced from grapes from the Soto de San Esteban zone in the Soria province, the cooler part of Ribera del Duero. They are slowly increasing the 600-liter barrels they use (perhaps 30% this year) and the rest of the wine aged in well-seasoned, quite neutral 225-liter Bordeaux barrels. This is all produced with purchased grapes with some 30% of them coming from the vineyards owned by David Hernando. I found it very perfumed and open, with character, no oak whatsoever and a wild side to it that made me think of a northern Rhône, somehow herbal (think raspberry leaf!). The palate is medium-bodied with fine-gained tannins and very good balance and freshness, approachable but with enough concentration and seriousness to be able to stand to food and age in bottle for a few years. The nose and palate are consistent with each other: you find what you expect. I see a huge increase in quality in this vintage. I sampled an unbottled 2015, and even though there was some oxidation in the nose (something I often find in the unbottled reds and makes me reluctant to score samples), the palate showed compact, a little riper and more immediate. Very good value. 80,000 bottles produced.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 92 (Suckling)
A red with dried meat, pine needles and dark fruit. Full body, focused concentration and a persistent finish. Fine tannins. Drink now or hold. - James Suckling