Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero – 2017

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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

    • A historic harvest with very low yields, mostly due to a serious frost event in late April, but accentuated by summer drought. 2017 was one of the hottest years on record, which led to very early budbreak, maturation, and harvest. The grapes reached optimal ripeness and arrived at the winery in perfect condition. Very concentrated grapes, both aromatically and on the palate.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature for approximately 1 week
    • Barrel Aging: 12 months in French and American oak (20% new barrel)
    • Bottle Aging: Minimum 12 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo); from vineyards up to 80 years old
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.0 g/L
    • p H: 3.89
    • RS: <0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Deeply opaque, dark cherry red, with garnet highlights. Expressive aromas of black forest fruits and blueberry with delicious, jammy cherry coming through, and a characteristic, terroirimparted mineral nuance. Velvety and elegant on the palate, revealing exquisitely fine, fruit tannins, good length, and refined aromas of aging in toasted oak.



  • Familia Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero – 2017 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    A creamy, velvety-textured red from the Duero, showing cherries and chocolate with some walnut undertones. It’s full-bodied with pretty fruit and complexity. Lightly salty and savory. Drinkable now, but better in a year to two.