Francisco Barona Vinos D.O. Ribera del Duero

Francisco Barona. Vinos D.O. Ribera del Duero

It could be said that FRANCISCO BARONA was born under the vines. He has the vineyard streaming through his veins. His father is a vine grower, and so were his grandfather and great-grandfather. Due to his passion for the vineyards and the wine, he travelled to Bordeaux, where he graduated in Oenology and Viticulture, obtaining the well known certificates of BTS VO (French Higher National Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture) and DNO (French National Diploma of Oenology).

After working in some highly regarded international wineries (France, the USA and South Africa), in 2009, he came back as a well experienced winemaker to the Ribera del Duero, a region where he was born and had grown up in amongst the vineyards.

In 2010, with a certainty that he lived in one of the best vine-producing regions in the world, and aged only 25, he started to develop an idea that had been in his mind for a long time –to recover hundred-year-old vineyards from the Ribera del Duero region and make unique, authentic and different wines.

“THE BEGINNING”

Using his first savings and without thinking twice about it, in 2011 he bought five plots of old vines, in three different villages; five GRAND CRUS which amazed him every year with their high quality. They were small vineyards of low production, whose grapes were sold to the prestigious winery Vega Sicilia.

In 2014, he made his first red wine, extremely personal and bearing his own name FRANCISCO BARONA.

TERROIR,
UNIQUE VINEYARD
AND TRADITIONAL
VINIFICATION

are the keys to his wine

VITICULTURE

Francisco Barona now owns 26 hectares of old vines. He has 28 GRAND CRUS planted between 1908 and 1948. The main variety of the vines is Tinto Fino, but there are also Grenache, Valenciana, Monastrel, Albillo and Jaen grapes.

The vineyard is treated with a lot of responsibility, trade and passion. The working method is always organic with respect to cosmic rhythms. Neither herbicides nor pesticides are used; the presence of sulphurs and coppers is extremely limited.

The vineyard employs its own natural protection systems to fight against illnesses. But it is helped, when needed, with natural mixtures of plants such as valerian, garlic, wormwood, camomile, lavender, sage, horse’s tail, nettle or cinnamon.

The soil is maintained with a ground cover and without being ploughed during autumn, winter and spring, which allows fertility for a longer period of time and improves the nutrition of the plant.

In summer, soil is ploughed to avoid losing humidity. Vines are treated leaving as much vegetation as possible. Neither shoot thinning nor trimming are carried out, which allows bunches to ripen in the shade, allowing them to obtain a higher acidity and a better balance in the wines.

In August, when veraison takes place, bunches are selected and the unripened bunches are removed from the vine.

OENOLOGY

Francisco Barona’s swines are created in the vineyard. Therefore, the winemaking process is handcrafted, natural and very little intervention.

The harvest is conducted using 12kg baskets and variety selection. The reception in the vats is done through gravity.

Alcoholic fermentation starts naturally with grapes’ own yeasts. Neither acidity regulators nor other oenological products are used. During the time spent in vats, wines are only slightly treated, manually and once a day.

The malolactic fermentation is always carried out in new French oak barrels. The wine is oak aged in new French oak barrels for 15 to 20 months, depending on the vintage.

Wines are always bottled in spring without fining or filtering.

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FRANCISCO BARONA

2014

DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN

RIBERA DEL DUERO

VINTAGE
A rainy winter provided the vines with a good water reserve for throughout the year. A frost-free spring and a moderate summer made for an excellent cycle of the vine and important temperature fluctuation between night and day awarded us a with high quality harvest.

VINEYARDS
Indigenous vineyards planted between 1908-1948 in Roa, Anguix and La Aguilera.

VARIETIES AND VINIFICATION
Tempranillo (tinto fino), Grenache, Albillo, Bobal, Monastrel, Jaén. Harvested in boxes between the 30th September and 10th October. Natural wine making process using native yeasts from the grapes and minimal intervention. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels.

AGEING
18 months in new French oak barrels.

BOTTLING
The wine was bottled without filtering or clarifying in May 2016.

TASTING NOTES
Intense deep purplish red with intense complex aromas of ripe black fruit with wafts of raspberry and blackcurrant, spicy hints of fennel, cinnamon and vanilla with mineral notes of graphite and balsamic nuances. On the palate, it is smooth, silky and mouth filling with a long lingering finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Due to the natural winemaking process, some sediment may occur therefore we recommend decanting. Serve between 16 and 18ºC. Store the wine between 15 and 18ºC away from strong light. After travelling with the wine, we recommend allowing it to settle for 2 days.

PRODUCTION
A limited production of 11.886 bottles of 0,75 litre size.

FRANCISCO BARONA

2015

DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN

RIBERA DEL DUERO

VINTAGE
Low rainfall in winter and moderate spring temperatures brought bud break forward with a frost free spell during flowering. An especially hot summer with a diurnal temperature difference throughout August and September made for a low production harvest with a high quality perfect for ageing.

VINEYARDS
Indigenous vineyards planted between 1908 and 1948 in the municipality of Roa, Anguix and La Aguilera.

VARIETIES AND VINIFICATION
Tempranillo (tinto fino), Grenache, Albillo, Bobal, Monastrel, Jaén. Harvested in boxes between the 25th September and 6th October. Natural wine making process using native yeasts from the grapes and minimal intervention. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels.

AGEING
18 months in new French oak barrels.

BOTTLING
Bottled in May 2017 with no clarifying or filtering

TASTING NOTES
Deep reddish purple in colour, with a profoundly complex intensity on the nose. Ripe black fruit aromas of mature berries and blackcurrants along with spicy notes of fennel and vanilla with balsamic nuances of mountain herbs and a mineral background of flint and graphite. A deliciously mouth filling wine on the palate, long lingering with a refreshing acidity.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Drink at a temperature of between 16 and 18ºC. In summer we recommend slight chilling to enjoy this wine. Store the wine at a constant temperature between 15 and 17ºC and keep away from sunlight Wine should be keep still for at least two days before consuming.

PRODUCTION
A limited production of 13226 bottles of 0.75 litres

FRANCISCO BARONA

2016

DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN

RIBERA DEL DUERO

VINTAGE
One of the rainiest winters in the last 10 years leaving abundant water reserves for the entire vegetative cycle. An early spring followed by a hot dry summer which brought forward the harvest date with an excellent quality and high volume.

VINEYARDS
Indigenous vineyards planted between 1908 and 1948 in the municipality of Roa, Anguix and La Aguilera.

VARIETIES AND VINIFICATION
Tempranillo (tinto fino), Grenache, Albillo. Harvested in boxes between the 20th September and 10th October. Natural wine making process using native yeasts from the grapes and minimal intervention. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels.

AGEING
16 months in new French oak barrels.

BOTTLING
Bottled in April 2018 with no clarifying or filtering.

TASTING NOTES
Clean bright dark red with purple hues. Powerfully intense aromas of cherries, blackberries and brambles with notes of vanilla and fennel. Mineral notes of gunpowder and a lingering balsamic finish. A balanced fresh wine with a rich supple tannin and persistent long aromas.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Drink at a temperature of between 16 and 18ºC. In summer we recommend slight chilling to enjoy this wine. Store the wine at a constant temperature between 15 and 17ºC and keep away from sunlight Wine should be keep still for at least two days before consuming.

PRODUCTION
A limited production of 17.226 bottles of 0.75 litres.

FINCA LAS DUEÑAS

2014

DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN

RIBERA DEL DUERO

VINTAGE
A rainy winter provided the vines with a good water reserve for throughout the year. A frost-free spring and a moderate summer made for an excellent cycle of the vine and important temperature fluctuation between night and day awarded us a with high quality harvest.

VINEYARDS
The Las Dueñas plot is a bush trained vineyard planted in 1928 in the area called Las Dueñas in the municipality of Anguix. It’s an extraordinary spot with a southern orientation, an altitude of 850m and a deep mixture of clay and limestone soil.

VARIETIES AND VINIFICATION
The varieties are Tinto Fino, Bobal and Albillo which were harvested in boxes between the 25th of September and the 5th October. Vinified traditionally with entire bunches and natural yeasts in wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation spontaneously took place in New French oak barrels.

AGEING
20 months in new French oak barrels.

BOTTLING
The wine was bottled without filtering or clarifying in May 2016.

TASTING NOTES
Deep in colour with garnet highlights demonstrating an age worthiness. Intense aromas of black cherry, red cherry and blackberries with hints of vanilla, mocha and ground coffee. Mineral graphite and Chinese ink tones with hints of undergrowth and a balsamic final. Savoury, elegant and complex on the palate with silky quality tannins. A wine with a long persistence and lingering pleasant sensations.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Due to the natural winemaking process, some sediment may occur therefore we recommend decanting. Serve between 16 and 18ºC. Store the wine between 15 and 18ºC away from strong light. After travelling with the wine, we recommend allowing it to settle for 2 days.

PRODUCTION
A limited production of 826 bottles of 0.75 litre size.

CONTACT

BARONA BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS S.L.

C/ La Olma, 18 • 09314 PEDROSA DE DUERO (Burgos, Spain)
(+34) 637.182.951
francisco@franciscobarona.com

Vinos Francisco Barona. Ribera del Duero

BARONA BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS S.L. • C/ La Olma, 18 • 09314 PEDROSA DE DUERO (Burgos, Spain) (+34) 637.182.951francisco@franciscobarona.com

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