Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero — 2015

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  • Introduction

    • Celeste is born 895 meters (2,937 feet) above sea level, where the vines and the sky form a magical connection, resulting in a wine filled with the freshness, emotion, and intensity of a starry night.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The area’s topography is gentle, characterized by high plateaus traversed by steep, narrow valleys that give the region its distinctive morphology. The area is located at 895 meters (2,937 feet) above sea level, which has a significant influence on the region’s climate and winegrowing. Specifically, the vineyard sits atop deposits from the Upper Miocene and Quaternary periods. The predominant Upper Miocene lithology is based on grey limestone interspersed with marl, whereas the Quaternary areas are mostly composed of clay. The soils that formed on top of these materials tend to exhibit medium to fine textures and are very rich in carbonate.

    • Appellation: DO Ribera del Duero
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2015 harvest saw a mild winter followed by late spring frost that reduced crop levels. The summer was very hot, and dry stable weather marked the harvest season. Tempranillo achieved optimal ripeness, producing very healthy high quality grapes.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature for approximately 1 week
    • Maceration: 15-20 days maceration; malolactic fermentation, predominately in new barrels
    • Barrel Aging: 12 months in French and American oak (20% new)
    • Bottle Aging: Minimum 12 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.0 g/L
    • p H: 3.75
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Cherry red color with garnet highlights. Delicious, voluptuous aroma of very ripe black fruit (blueberries) with fine roasted coffee and dried fruit (dried plum) notes. Dense, fleshy, with sensuous flavor sensations that are impressively persistent.



  • Familia Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero — 2015 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    This manages to marry the boldness and freshness of Ribera del Duero reds with some charm and is already so harmonious that it’s delicious now, but has the structure to hold through to at least 2023.

  • Familia Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero — 2015 – Decanter – 90 Points

    This beautifully labelled wine draws on Torres’s own 35ha of Ribera del Duero vineyards, sited at 895m, complemented by further grape purchases. The aim is that the wine will eventually be made from Torres-grown fruit alone. It’s still more of an exercise in blackcurrant and black plum purity than the Manso de Velasco: lean, lunging, sculpted and vividly balanced, with prominent acidity but restrained oak.