Paso a Paso Tempranillo

paso-a-paso-tempranillo Producer: Bodegas Volver - D.O. La Mancha.
Current Vintage: 2015.
Denominación de Origen: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla.

Location: Las Mesas, Casa los Pinos. The eastern region of D.O. La Mancha.

Vineyard: Finca Los Cruces.

Year(s) Planted: 1970.

Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo.

Viticulture: Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic Goblet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, with minimal human intervention. Harvested by hand.

Yields: 3 kg per plant.

Vineyard Area: 253 acres (102Ha.).

Total Area in D.O.: 475,000 acres (191,500Ha.).

Altitude: 2100-2250ft. (650-700m).

Soils: Sandy iron rich soils intermixed with small stones and chalk. Very poor in organic matter. 5ft. beneath the surface is a layer of red clay.

Climate: Continental. Large temperature swings between day and night. Precipitation is very rare. A very arid climate with rain exclusively falling at the end of fall and during the winter. More than 3,000 hours of sun per year. As a result, the wines of La Mancha.

Harvest: Middle of September.

Winemaking: The grapes are sorted meticulously at the winery, and fermented in stainless steel tanks by indigenous yeast. Malolactic occurs in tank, and the wine is transferred to second and third vintage French oak barrels for ageing.

Ageing: 6 months in second and third vintage French oak Bordelaise and Burgundy barrels.

Bottling: Unfined and unfiltered.

Comments: Paso a Paso is the winery’s first Tempranillo produced from the estate grown vineyards planted in the goblet system. A non-interventionalist style of viticulture and enology takes advantage of the high quality vineyards and the grapes they produce.

Notable Scores and Awards by Vintage:

    • Guía Peñín 2017: 87 puntos.
    • Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Octubre 2013: 89 puntos.
    • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 2012, Noviembre 2013: 89 puntos.
    • Guía Peñín 2014: 90 puntos.
    • Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Nº 164. Josh Raynolds, sep./oct. 2012.: 89 puntos.
    • Robert Parker, The wine Advocate, Nº 203. Edición octubre 2012: 86 puntos.
    • Guía Peñín 2013: 89 puntos.
    • Stephen Tanzer´s International Wine Cellar. Josh Raynolds, nov./dic. 2011: 90 puntos.
    • Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, nov. /dic. 2010: 89 puntos.
    • Dr. Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, artículo 188, abril 2010: 87 puntos.
    • Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, sep./oct. 2009: 88 puntos.
    • Dr. Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, artículo 178, agosto 2008: 89 puntos.