Joven means 'young' in Spanish, and in terms of wine it usually indicates that the contents are fruity and unoaked. Pretty purple in colour, it shows vibrant smells of blackcurrants, violet florals, red fruits and crushed leaves on the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied, smooth and juicy, with cherry and strawberry flavours, licks of earthy savouriness, gentle tannins, and a bright, chalky finish. Ideal with cured meats or even morcilla (black pudding)!
Ribera del Duero is nowadays on equal footing with Rioja as the premier Tempranillo region of Spain. It’s a very special viticultural site — an open river valley system about 700 metres above sea level. Warm by day, cool by night, facilitating fruit ripening and vine de-stressing. Great expression with good integration of acid and tannin, and lots of retained perfume results from the climate. Sandy soils add a fresh, chalky elegance to the tannins.
In the Northern hill-slopes of the valley, the Aragon family have a couple of truly special patches of very gnarled old Tempranillo
vines. Wines of elegence and concentration, they’re savoury with great earthy perfumes.
Tobacco and anise add complexity to earthy dark cherry with a brambly boysenberry and cassis lift. Mineral,
savoury, masculine but not big, mid-level glycerol and fine, long, very mature tannins. A wonderful vintage.