From one woman, María Luisa Cuevas, and two men, Pedro and Enrique Cuevas, and two concepts, to produce wine with grand finesse that will perfectally suit the future, the Bodegas Cuevas Jiménez was born. These three winemakers united with these common goals and through their passion and motivation they are now producing some of the most elegant wines from the Ribera del Duero. There well-known wine, Ferratus, is a vanguard wine with a feminist touch. This wine is the product of an effort to produce a timeless wine that will age very well over long periods of time.
Ferratus is produced directly in the heart of the Ribera del Duero DO, in the municipality of Gumiel de Izán inside of the province of Burgos where some of the best Tempranillo (Tinta del País) of Spain is cultivated. The Bodegas Cuevas Jiménez has acquired a total of 15 hectares of their own old-grapevines from clones of the native Tempranillo (Tinta del País) grape of this region, and these grapevines are now over 40 years-old (2013). These grapevines are situated in small plots throughout the municipalities of La Horra, Olmedillo de Roa, Sotillo de la Ribera, Quintana del Pidio, and Gumiel de Izán, all of which are inside the Ribera del Duero. These grapevines are all planted in similar soils that are full of clay and limestone. Some of these plots of grapevines are less than one hectare in size and others are protected by natural pine coverage which helps the intimidating cold Spring weather in this region.
Each season these grapevines have very consistent yields which never exceed 5.5 pounds (2.5 Kg) per grapevine. For this reason, each vintage of Ferratus is produced in essentially the same quantity. Furthermore, each vintage of Ferratus Sensaciones continues to decrease in quantity as its quality continues to increase. This vintage of Ferratus wine produced only from the exceptional grapes of each harvest from the Pago de Santa Cruz vineyards in La Horra, which is this winery´s best vineyard. This is an exceptional wine with perfect acidity, some subtleties, and pure elegance. Ferratus Sensaciones is the result of a perfect combination of exceptional conditions, an excellent terroir, an ideal altitude in Spain for cultivating grapes, and the perfect micro-climate for these grape varietals.
The Ferratus wines of the Bodegas Cuevas Jiménes winery in the Ribera del Duero DO can be characterized as modern, elegant, complex, subtle, fine and ingenious collectors wines.
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