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  • Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros Ribera del Duero Mibal Tinto Joven 2020

Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros Ribera del Duero Mibal Tinto Joven 2020

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Inky purple in color, it has an effusive nose of black cherries steeped with Earl Gray tea and blueberries. No oak. There is a graphite, charred beef component. The palate is dry, medium bodied, filled with graphite minerality. Quaffable joven.

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The stars were aligned in 2002 when longtime friends turned brother in laws (Javier married Miguel’s sister, Cristina) Miguel Hornillos and Javier Ballesteros embarked on their winemaking alliance.  Both third generation grape growers growing up in in DO Ribera del Duero, they joined forces with their 40 hectares of combined vineyards in the surrounding areas of Roa in Burgos to create a new generation of winemaking under the label MiBal. Vineyards so attractive that the lion’s share of their growth gets sold at top dollar to some of the region’s most prominent wineries like Pago de los Capellanes and Alion.

And each year following a meticulous squirreling of only 10-15 % of their harvest, they hand craft wines, on the side of the road, in a humble little garage winery that houses their vision.

This soulful project of Miguel and Javier has an organic respect for their beautifully rugged, hardly touched vineyards by producing ecologically farmed wines, following biodynamic philosophies and treatments, all with a minimal intervention approach to their work in the winery.

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