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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

In 1910, the co-founder of the CVNE winery Eusebio Real de Asúa designed a wine label with three stars, one for each of his children: Sofía (or Bela to the family), Áurea and Ramón. Following their recent move into winemaking in Ribera del Duero, CVNE decided to recover this image and the name of Bela to label their first wines in the region.

Bela is made with a careful selection of hand-picked grapes and a traditional vinification process. Cold maceration, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks and six months' ageing in a mixture of both new and used American and French oak barrels.

The result is a fine and elegant red wine with an intense Picota cherry colour and violet glints in the glass. A notable aromatic complexity of red fruit and floral notes with sweet spicy hints over a smoky background thanks to its time spent in wood. With flavoursome tannins, great acidity and length, Bela is a wine which expresses the characteristics of Ribera del Duero, but which also, as expected in a CVNE wine, shines with its own personality.

What does this wine taste like?

Picota cherry red / Violet glints
Complex / Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Spicy notes / Floral scents / Ageing notes / Smoky notes
Good acidity / With personality / Tasty tannins / Long

Ratings and awards

201991 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

They first produced this wine in 2017, but what I tasted was the 2019 Bela, made with grapes from their vineyard in Villalba de Duero, which produces powerful wines with a rustic touch. It's a large vineyard that they are learning to understand, looking at the differences in soil and doing a classification of the different plots, as there are two very different parts—one with more sand and more aromatic wines and the other one with more clay and richer, more structured wines. 2019 was a healthy harvest, warm and ripe, and the Tempranillo—complemented by some 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—was picked between September 27th and October 17th. They did a cold soak and a fermentation in stainless steel with selected yeasts followed by nine months in French oak barrels. The label mentions the name of the village, and I was quite surprised by the finesse of this wine, which keeps the Ribera character, along with integrated oak and restraint. It is ripe without excess, serious and balanced. They aim for freshness, with some rusticity, and the palate reveals a soft texture and tender mouthfeel, with integrated acidity and round tannins. It feels like a very good start. 48,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 91 PARKER

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