Ausàs Interpretación 2018
Tercera añada de esre coloso con el que Xavier Ausàs reinterpreta la Ribera del Duero tras 30 años de experiencia. Tres son los pilares clave de este monovarietal de Tinto fino: su pureza aromática, frescura y una manifestación tánica elegante. Un tinto, en suma, que muestra el cáracter ribereño, apuntalado en una espina dorsal caliza de taninos de grano fino y roble perfectamente integrados. Sublime.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
Ausàs, which is why he's such a fan of the vintage. This is the third release of this excellent, pan-Rioja blend from Vega Sicilia's long-term former winemaker and is his best yet. Combining Tinto Fino grapes from five villages between 780 and 900 metres, it's a subtle, refined red that carries its 15% alcohol with ease, showing chalky minerality, scented 35% new wood, tobacco and red berry fruit flavours and a long, stylish, lightly balsamic finish. 2022-31.
He only produces one wine, of which I tasted the 2018 Interpretación, a classical, ripe and generously oaked Tinto Fino for the long haul. It was produced the same way as in previous years—fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels, 35% of them new, for 16 months. It's a combination of power and elegance, ripeness and balance, still very young with marked oak and plenty of tannins. It's full-bodied with deep, ripe flavors and a dry finish. 34,563 bottles, 495 magnums and some larger formats were filled in June 2020.