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La Celestina 2018

La Celestina

2018
Freshness and elegance from Ribera del Duero
91
PARKER
91
PEÑÍN

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production70,000 - 100,000 bottles

The wine

A wine eager to delight and with a strong personality, just like the main character in the classic Spanish novel by Fernando Rojas it is named after: mature yet fresh, romantic and bewitching. 

La Celestina is one of the splendid red wines produced by the Atalayas de Golbán winery. Founded in 2004, the winery is the younger sibling of, and located beside, the historic Dominio de Atauta winery. Atalayas de Golbán wines are clear examples of the style of wine that has brought international success to Ribera del Duero. They display a wonderful personality but at very affordable prices. 

What does this wine taste like?

A harmonious balance first detected in the nose is confirmed on drinking. The first taste transmits a sensation of maturity, soon balanced with its wild acidity. The measured toast flavours it gained from its time in wood add cocoa and spices to the flavours while elegant hints of violets come to the front every time you lift the glass. Its alcohol melts into notes of damp soil and liquorice, creating a wonderful drink to seduce every corner of the mouth. A long and flavoursome, complex and elegant wine, which is ideal for accompanying a wide range of elaborate dishes. In fact, we could easily imagine La Celestina on a table full of rich food in a typical inn back in the Middle Ages.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Picota cherry
Bouquet
Fresh / Stone fruit / Balsamic aromas / Liquorice
Mouth
Intense / Balanced / Flavoursome / Complex / Long

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

White meats / Lamb / Kid goat / Meat rice dishes

Ratings and awards

201891 PK91 PN
201790 PK
201691 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2018 La Celestina Crianza shows great balance and freshness, combining the freshness from Soria and the volume from Burgos, always with their style of measured oak (one year in barrel, only 20% of them new) with good ripeness (14.6% alcohol) but with balance and Ribera del Duero typicity. It's full-bodied and has abundant, fine-grained tannins. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 91 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.2/5
29 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Only 30% of the barrels used for ageing are new, which allows the quality of the fruit to shine through in the final result.

Vinification materialStainless steel / Wood
Ageing periodBetween 12 and 14 months
Barrel ageNew and semi-new
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

A combination of Ribera del Duero grapes are used to create La Celestina – blending the freshness and red fruit aromas from vines cultivated in San Esteban de Gormaz in the Soria province with the structure, unctuosity and riper aromas provided by grapes from Burgos. The firm cultivates 40 hectares of old vines at altitude and the lack of rainfall leads to very moderate yields and top quality fruit.

Vine ageBetween 20 and 60 years
SoilSand / Clay
ClimateContinental with Mediterranean influence
Altitude850.00 meters