In a nutshell: A sought after, full bodied Ribera Del Duero from a leading Bodega.
The lowdown: Made with grapes from 40 year old vines giving it an intense, rich, deep character. The result is a big bodied wine with ripe black fruits and touches of balsamic, chocolate and herbs. The oak structure from the use 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 16 months is very well integrated and the fine grippy tannins give good structure to the wine which has a pleasingly long finish.
When to drink: Roast lamb is the classic food match, but griiled, or roasted beef and game work similarly well.
Using experience and knowledge gained in La Rioja, Bodegas Roda commenced this project in Ribera del Duero in 1999. After years of research into Spanish regions also suited to the cultivation of Tempranillo, the 'Denominación de Origen' of La Horra in the Ribera del Duero region was chosen, not only for its history of viticulture dating back to pre-Roman times, but also for the potential development and adaptation of Tempranillo allowing production of wines characteristic of the Bodegas Roda philosophy.
Sharing the technical team of Bodegas Roda, who work alongside the Balbás brothers, Bodegas La Horra produces two wines; Corimbo, from 20 year old vines, is aged in French and American oak for 12 months, and results in a balanced, harmonious wine with a rich, bright fruit core due to shorter maceration time.
Corimbo I comes from vines that average 40 years of age, and is an intense wine with well integrated oak and ripe black fruit. Both bene?t from the high altitude of the vineyards, and convey elegance and balance despite the continental climate.