Goyo Garcia Finca Los Quemados Clarete
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Ribera del Duero, Spain
Goyo Garcia Viadero’s roots in Ribera Del Duero run very deep: he has been working in the area since before the establishment of the D.O., and his family has been working in viticulture for hundreds of years. Goyo’s approach makes him the region’s “black sheep”, as he has rejected additives, new oak, and intense extraction which are characteristic of the region’s wines. Instead, greatly inspired by natural winemakers like Pierre Overnoy from the Jura, Goyo began farming without chemicals and making wines in a style more like his grandparents than his neighbors. Goyo and his wife Diana Semova Georgieva now manage the organic farming of roughly 40 hectares of vines in Ribera del Duero, making their own wines from roughly 10 of those hectares. These selected plots of old vines, mostly around the town of Roa, are planted to Tempranillo, Graciano, Albillo, and Malvasia; most vineyards, especially the oldest plots, are co-planted to red and white varieties.
Finca Los Quemados Clarete is 100% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo) from the Los Quemados vineyard of 56-year-old vines planted on red sands with pebbles. At 960m above sea level this is one of the highest vineyards in Ribera del Duero. The grapes are destemmed and macerate for 5-6 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. As fermentation begins, the juice is racked off the skins into old French oak barrels to ferment and complete malolactic. This style of shorter maceration winemaking is what Goyo terms “clarete.” Bottled without addition of SO2 and without fining or filtering.