About the Winemaker
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.
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.
About the Wine
In the late 1990s Burgos native José María Basconcillos sought virgin land in Ribera del Duero to accentuate the region’s Continental climatic extremes and to provide the perfect conditions for organic viticulture. He found it in a private hunting property of 125 acres near Gumiel de Izán at the northernmost extreme of the region, at an altitude of over 3300 feet. Location of the earliest monastic vineyards in the area, Dominio Basconcillos represents a return to the high slopes.
Using cuttings from ungrafted vines in the nearby wine growing communities of
Gumiel de Izán and Peñaranda de Duero, native Tinta del País (Tempranillo) clones
were obtained for in-field grafting in 2001. The undulating and sloping terrain offers
varied soil types (chalk, sand, clay, loam) and diversity of terroir.
Aged six months in French oak. Selected grapes from limestone
and gravel soils.
Grape / Blend
D.O. Ribera del Duero — Gumiel de Izán, Spain
Ripeness is tempered by intense freshness of flavor, with soft
tannins. A supple, deeply fruity yet elegant style that deftly combines oak spice and
Product size: 750ml