For Laura Lorenzo the wines are made in the vineyard. Her work is meticulous there, and it is her goal to cultivate life in her soils and often to revitalize vines once damaged by industrial viticulture. The grapes speak for themselves - fermenting with wild yeasts, utilizing older wooden casks for fermentation and elevage (for this cuvée 4000L French oak cask and a 1000L chestnut foudre), and adding only minuscule amounts of SO2. No clarification, filtration, or other modern “adjustments”. Grapes were hand-harvested and foot trodden, 50% whole-cluster and 50% destemmed.
Arribes del Duero is one of Spain’s newest D.O.s (since 2007). The region is known for its dry climate, old vines growing on the river terraces, and poor soils of decomposed granitic sand. Camino de la Frontera Tinto comes from a single vineyard of ancient vines, a northwest-facing vineyard planted to mostly Juan Garcia, Tinta Madrid (aka Tempranillo), Rufete, Bobal, Mencía.