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Curato de Silos Tempranillo 2016

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Ribera del Duero DO

If you’re familiar with Ribera del Duero you’ll know what an exciting opportunity this is – and you’ll soon be clicking ‘Add to Cart.’

As Decanter magazine notes, “The finest wines of Ribera are among the finest wines in the world.” This beautiful region is home to one of Spain’s priciest reds, the iconic Vega Sicilia Único. It’s also home to “leading challenger” (Oxford Companion to Wine) Cillar de Silos, run by the quality-obsessed Aragón family.

Their Torresilo 2009 was named Best Red of Show at the prestigious Wines from Spain Awards (from over 700 contenders). It's a serious, barrel-aged Tempranillo that – if you can find it – will set you back $50-plus a bottle.

For a fraction of the price, Curato de Silos offers a superb, full-flavored introduction to the family’s wines, which regularly score 90-plus point ratings and are “impressive from top to bottom” (The Wine Advocate).Like the Torresilo, this 100% Tempranillo benefits from hand-harvesting and a painstaking, grape-by-grape sorting process. Six months in fine French oak lends lovely spice notes to the wine’s pure, plum-and-violet character.

A true family affair, Cillar de Silos is just the kind of winery we love working with. Roberto Aragón runs the show, his younger brother Óscar is head winemaker and sister Amelia takes care of the export side (making sure U.S. wine fans get their share).

They recommend you decant this wine an hour or two before serving (with rich reds meats or mature, hard cheeses) and enjoy over the next few years. Get in quick to secure your case – you’ll be very glad you did.