This is the third estate in José Manuel Ortega’s winery empire, currently covering Chile, Argentina and Spain. Both Jancis Robinson and Steven Spurrier have highlighted José as a world class producer in all three countries.
The Spanish estate is located in the premium red wine region of Ribera del Duero and is planted with 60ha of Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo), a large proportion of which is 22 to 52 years old. The remarkable vineyards are situated in a bend of the Duero River where a sheer 15m cliff face separates the fast-flowing river from the edge of the vineyards.
With a soil type reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the estate, the vines benefit from extended ripening hours due to the heat-retaining qualities of the stones. This, coupled with the 700m altitude of the vineyards, creates huge potential for the production of world class wines.
These wines are so good and have received so much praise that it has made O. Fournier Spain the ‘exception that proves the rule’ as far as Seckford Agencies being ‘New World specialists’!
“I found quality to be the bedrock of his wines … José demonstrated that Ribera del Duero does not have to be expensive” Neal Martin, eRobertparker.com
2011 Urban Ribera
2008 Spiga Steven Spurrier’s World ‘For the Cellar’: 91 pts; Tanzer: 91 pts; eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
2006 Alfa Spiga Tanzer: 91+ pts; eRobertParket.com: 90 pts; Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice: 94 pts; Wine Spectator: 90 pts