Let the show begin!

Harvest 2020 just started at Resalte. Deciding kick off date is not an easy task. Every year we try to do our best in order to improve our wines, and although we only have one opportunity to make them better every year, the expertise that we have been accumulating in our 20 years of history helps us a lot.

In total, we have traveled more than 3,000 km between our vineyards, which are spread over around 80 plots in 20 different towns in Ribera del Duero area. We have collected a lot of samples ,on which we have carried out about 2,800 different analytics. All with the purpose of identifying the most suitable grape for each plot and its optimal harvest time.

The vineyard cycle has been good. A generous spring with rains that put us on alert to monitor the mildew (a pest that affects the vine), which has finally been fully controlled. Most of the plots are being maintained ecologically and in these cases prevention is a fundamental task. An intense and dry summer, with only a few storms, caused the cycle to get ahead a few days, showing perhaps a little water stress in the last days. However, mid-September rains have been responsible for compensating that drought by unlocking the plants to end up with a very interesting maturity.

Viñedo viejoWe are starting with some plots of our Vendimia Seleccionada to keep that freshness that characterizes it so much, and right after we will continue with the more aged wines. Harvest is done manually and the grapes are cooled down to 5ºC before being completely destemmed. By doing this, we minimize the impact of the process on the quality. In addition, we preserve it from possible oxidation with the help of the dry ice that is introduced into the mobile tank that is used for gravity transfers.

Now everything has been well studied in order to obtain the best wine from each vineyard, its best version on this year 2020. We are really excited that you will be able to enjoy these wines in a few years from now, in as normal as possible situation after such a complicated year.

 

Finally: a surprise.
A new wine is coming to join the Resalte family. We cannot reveal more details yet. Bringing out a new wine burdens us with responsibility, but it also fills us with enthusiasm. We are starting a new path of demand and improvement, and we are enjoying it. We will reveal details of this new wine step by step in our Newsletters and social media, so stay tuned!

We hope that you are all well, and that you continue enjoying our wines as much as we enjoy making them.

Enrique Andrades
Technical Director

After these difficult months that have forced us to remain home, we wanted to refresh an interesting interview from the last trip we made to Mexico. Luis Neri who is in charge as food and beverage Manager at one of the most exclusive and well known hotels in the city, Live Aqua Resort. In fact the visit was worthy, because of the beauty of the place and great attention received.

 

How long have you been working for this hotel chain? 

I’ve been working for 8 years and I expect many more years because it’s a great place to work and they offer a good career.

What is your current position ? 

Food and beverage manager.

What can you tell us about the hotel’s gastronomic offer?

We have a big diversity of fusion food from around the world and this is well represented in our 2 restaurants: Spice Market and Zibu Allende.

Where is the hotel situated?

It is located at the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende, 1 hour away from Querétaro and 2 hours from León. For me, this city is not only beautiful for its architecture and culture, but it also has a high-level gastronomic diversity with good restaurants, service and renowned chefs.

Luis, what do you think about the wines that we have presented?

Being produced with the same grape variety, Tempranillo, I well notice how one of each wine that you presented to me has got a well-defined personality without losing quality.

What kind of food would each of the wines pair with?

Resalte Vendimia Seleccionada  – Goat cheese salad
Resalte Crianza – Grilled octopus
Resalte Expression- Short Rib with Jaral de Berros
Gran Resalte- Slow Cooking Short Ribs with
Marrow Marinated with Octopus and garlic.

At Resalte we are sure a glass of wine, after a hard day of work relaxes body and mind, how do you get relaxed ?  

I have children therefore it’s hard to be relaxed, but after they go to bed I usually spend some time reading, and regarding wine I prefer to drink accompanied by people.

Thank you, Luis, for your time and we wish you enjoyed the wines.

Thank you very much Sergio, for instructing me with these great wines and I hope to see you around here soon.

Sergio Nieto(Export Sales Manager)

In Resalte we are sure that the small details make the difference. During the winemaking process, not only count to look for an excelence raw material with excellent quality, where we dedicate all our efforts, but there is also a long work from the transformation of the grape, the racking, the aging in barrels that implies the maximum dedication to obtain a top quality product in all aspects.

One of these aspects, which for us is of vital importance, is undoubtedly the Cork test that we carry out in the cellar. Yes, you read correctly: Cork test.

For a few years we have developed a purchasing protocol for all the closures of our wines. This is nothing more than specific specifications that we want every cork meets.

On it we refer to a specific density, a visual aspect or among many other things, the analysis of the surface treatment is correct and you do not have to call the Incredible Hulk to open the bottle.

But one of the most sensitive things for us is the possible defective aromatic contribution that a contaminated cork could give to wine, which are aromas produced by natural microbiological activity in the field itself. Let us remember that the cork closure is a natural, sustainable product that is removed from the cork oak (Quercus Suber L.), at least every 10 years, a very common tree typical of Spain and Portugal.

Because it is a natural product, the closure is a critical point when bottling a wine, since the glass is completely neutral and the wine before bottling we already know that it is in perfect condition.

The test of Corks consists of placing a sample of 150 corks in glass jars with lids individually, we add 5 ml of bidistilled water in each one and we allow them to macerate for 24 hours at 25ºC. After this, the technical team reviews the aroma of each bottle one by one and we make a report.

If the sample is correct (aromatically clean), meets the technical requirements and passes the test, the purchase is made to the corresponding cork company. We do this before confirming the purchases and once again when the corks are in the warehouse marked with our name. If any of the two tastings aromas that could damage the wine are detected, that order is rejected. In addition for Expresión, Gran Resalte and Essences we contract a high cost one by one analysis service to further reduce any possible inconvenience.

Only this year we are going to test more than 4,000 corks so when you open a bottle of Resalte you fully enjoy a wine that we know will not disappoint you.

Enrique Andrades. Technical Director

Resalte Expresion 2015,  8 Essences Cuvée Nº1 and Lecco Crianza 2016, are three of the wines produced by the winery that have been published among the first references in the “Year’s Best Ribera del Duero Reds”, a list published by the prestigious American publication Wine & Spirits.

The magazine blind panels tasted 137 new-release Ribera del Duero wines over the past 12 months. The critic for the region, Joshua Greene,rated 46 as exceptional (90+),  among which are the aforementioned wines from this winery.

Puntuaciones Wine Spirits 2020

Year’s Best Ribera del Duero by W&S

2015  Resalte Expresión. – 94 points

“The fruit selection for this wine focuses on three towns—Fuentenebro, La Aguilera and Pedrosa—and small hillside parcels where the vines are 50 years old. The juice heads into new barrels (90 percent French) for malolactic conversion and then 18 months of aging. Rather than any overt oak tannins or scents, it is the succulent quality of the fruit that comes through in this wine’s damson-plum richness, layered with savory meatiness and earthy spice. The smoke and chocolate tones that developed over its time in oak are completely integrated into those layers of flavor, the wine all about delicious richness.”

 8 Essences Cuvée Nº 1.  – 94 points

“It has taken Enrique Andrades more than a decade to plan and produce this first release of 8 Essences. During that time, he held back several barrels from the best vintages for this blend, choosing 2011 for its power and ripeness, 2012 for elegance and minerality and 2016 to bring floral notes, fresh fruit and juiciness. Acknowledging that the inspiration for this blend comes from Vega-Sicilia’s Unico Reserva Especial, a wine that nods to the blending traditions of the region, Andrades’s goal was to create a distinctive style for this blend. He describes that style as a contrast of finely aged lots and fresher fruity elements to sustain the wine as it ages further. What he’s achieved is a layered and sophisticated blend, its tense structure yielding notes of ripe black cherries, purple plum, green olives and, yes, some floral notes. There are also substantial tannins, shutting the wine down, needing days of air to fulfill the wine’s promises of fruit richness. It’s a fascinating take on Ribera del Duero and a wine to treasure in your cellar.”

2016 Lecco Crianza.  – 93 points

“Lecco is a selection from vines around 30 years old, when they begin to restrict their yields on their own. This crianza spends 14 months in oak barrels, 70/30 French to American (more used barrels than the wines labeled under the Resalte brand). It’s not just the older barrels and the American oak that makes the wine taste Spanish, however mysterious that description may be. But part of what’s great about this wine is how mysterious it is—to an American, at least. The winemaker, Enrique Andrades, in response to my queries, said his intention is for Lecco to be easy to understand. Also, he hopes it’s easy to drink; and, with that, I would agree: The plump fruit has evolved toward licorice, black plums, a meaty richness in the middle and a delicate, fragrant spice that lasts in the end. That fragrance brings to mind a spice rub for lamb, or the gentle richness of lechazo, the baby lamb you might eat with this in Ribera. Lecco’s savory component would also work well with rabbit paella. The wine’s vibrant energy keeps bringingthoughts of food.”

 

Subscribers to the magazine can access the full list on the Wine & Spirits website. In the following link you can consult the review of Lecco Crianza 2016, with 93 points:

Wine of the Week: Food Tempered Tempranillo

This recognition adds to the outstanding ratings achieved by other Resalte wines in several international publications: 94 pts Decanter Resalte Expresion 2014; Top 100 Wine Enthusiast  93 ptss Resalte Origen 2015; 93 pts Wine&Spirits Vendimia Seleccionada 2016

Our winery has been published by Vivir el Vino magazine, highlighting its history, its advanced winemaking methods and the important awards received by the wines, and its selection 4 times as one of the best 100 wines in the world.

You can read the complete article in the following link: VVResalte

During the Madrid Enofusión fair held on January 13th and 14th, 2020, Bodegas Resalte participated in the exclusive area of TopWine Spain. Only the most representative wineries in Spain, selected by the famous journalist and wine critic from the newspaper El País, Carlos Delgado, were exhibited there.

In Carlos Delgado’s own words, this selection reflects “our impressive climatic variety, the important heritage of grape varieties, ecological respect, and the very high scientific and technical level of our wineries and winemakers”.

In total there were only 40 wineries in this exclusive area. In our stand we experienced a great event with many people interested in the new vintages and eager to learn about both the history of the winery and the wines.

More information in the following link

 

8 Essences Cuvée nº1 is the first wine from Resalte without a vintage.

We have rescued a very old tradition that combines balance and synergy between different vintages, which together achieve greater complexity and harmony.
The 2011, 2012 and 2016 vintages have been used to make this wine, all of which are of the highest quality, with each contributing different virtues:

2011 was powerful, mature and solid.
2012 was elegant, complex and balanced.
2016 was fresh, fruity and mineral.

This quest for excellence begins in the vineyard, producing only the best of each year separately.
A mythical wine, which can be drunk today and within the next 30 years, within which it will evolve in complexity and nuances.

Check more about this wine here

As it already happened in 2010 and 2011 in the TOP 100 of Wine Spectator and in 2017 in Decanter, a wine from Bodegas Resalte (DO Ribera del Duero) has been selected as one of the best wines in the world. This time it was Origen de Resalte 2015 with 93 points, listed in Wine Enthusiast 2019’s TOP 100, the first Spanish wine. A real achievement that puts Resalte and Ribera del Duero back in the spotlight of world-class wines.
Origen de Resalte is a wine that comes from a blend of 6 different villages in Ribera Peñafiel, Roa, Pedrosa, Quintana del Pidio, Fuentenebro and Moradillo. Each village is made separately to preserve the purest profile of the terroir and is aged in different cooperages to enhance its virtues. At least 5 different cooperages are used (80% French and 20% American) to seek an excellent synergy between barrel and wine, combining different type of barrels, and only at the end of the aging is made the final blend in which we seek purity, fruit expression, harmony and complexity.
A meticulous work throughout the elaboration that, Wine Enthusiast with 93 pts and other magazines have awarded: Wine Spectator 93 pts, Parker 91 pts, Proensa 94 pts, Guia Vivir el vino 91 pts.

You can see the complete list at the following link:

Top 100 Wine Enthusiast 2019

A year with a limited production but of a very high quality, typical of mythical vintages.
From the beginning of the cycle the vineyard already showed signs that we could be looking at a vintage of very high quality: loose bunches, small berries  and extreme healthy.
September started fresh which made the plant rest, leaving the stress caused by the drought and the high temperatures of August, preserving the acidity and enhancing the load in colour and aromas, a slow ripening end, something really exceptional.
The harvest began in Resalte on  September 28th in the area of Peñafiel and ended on October 12th in Baños de Valdearados, one of the coolest and highest areas. 15 splendid days of harvesting in which weather was perfect. The harvest was carried out slowly, waiting for the ideal maturity in each plot. This was the first that we  used of a cold room, which allowed us to put the grapes at only 5 º temperature. In this way the grapes suffer even less from processing and we began a cold maceration a few hours after being harvested in the field.
Once the wines were made, we noticed that the potential seen in the vineyard was clearly there: elegance, complexity, balance, great fruitiness, as well as power and finesse in the tannins as a fundamental characteristic.
The malolactic fermentation, which occurs spontaneously and naturally, is carried out in new barrels, and once finished, the wines are ready to begin their aging in the barrel.