Quinta Sardonia 2014 94 GP & 92 WS

Quinta Sardonia 2014 (Spain) - western border of Ribera del Duero Spain

94 Points, Guía Peñin 

92 Points, Wine Spectator 

“A soil-driven red of character. The nose is quite Bordeaux!” 

- Wine Advocate 


“The estate’s full name is Vinas de la Vega del Duero but all you need to remember is ‘Quinta Sardonia.’ Located in Sardon del Duero, just outside the Ribera del Duero demarcation line but close enough for inclusion in this report, Quinta Sardonia is a biodynamic project from Peter Sisseck (of Pingus fame) and Jerome Bougnaud. The estate has about 37 acres under vine planted in 2000. The wine is typically composed of a blend of roughly 50% Tempranillo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec with aging for 18 months in French oak. It is already being proclaimed by some as Spain’s next cult wine.” - Wine Advocate 

Quinta Sardonia is the brainchild of world-famous winemaker Peter Sisseck from Dominio de Pingus. Biodynamic and organically grown, it is a high-altitude ridge and valley site, which Peter had planted and nurtured from scratch. The vineyard incorporates all that Peter has learned in both his old vine project, Dominio de Pingus, and from his experiences managing Hacienda de Monasterio. The Terras Gauda Group from Rias Baixas recently acquired a majority stake in Quinta Sardonia, with Peter leaving the project following the change of ownership. Frenchman Jérôme Bougnaud, who worked at Château Nenin in Pomerol, has been in charge of the vineyard management since day one, and continues as a consultant. 

“This red is ripe and rich. Bold flavors of plum and currant mingle with licorice, graphite, loamy earth, and smoky notes. Muscular tannins and balsamic acidity give this a sturdy structure. Dense and heady, balanced and long [Quinta Sardonia].” - Wine Spectator 

Situated eight kilometers west of the Pingus winery, Quinta Sardonia is located just outside the western border of DO Ribera del Duero, at 850 meters altitude, overlooking the town of Sardón del Duero. Thus, the wines are labeled ‘Vino de la Tierra de Castilla-y-León’, effectively a ‘country wine’ appellation. The Quinta Sardonia estate encompasses 22 hectares of land and features three main soil profiles, gypsum, loam and limestone. The vineyard was planted in 1998, with Tempranillo cuttings from the Pingus vineyards, along with significant portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and small amounts of Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. Varietal blending takes place prior to fermentation; winemaking commences with spontaneous natural yeast fermentation of whole fruit, with temperature-controlled maceration. A gentle elaboration seeking finesse and integration, with sensitive use of oak. To achieve a perfect balance between the soil, climate, vines, and the changing environmental factors, the winery follows the rhythms and principles of biodynamic agriculture, favoring the vast diversity of microorganisms and insects with their positive influence on grape development and expression of the Terroir. 



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