Alvides (Villalba de Duero)

Alvides is a family Bodega. Concha’s father founded the Co-op in Aranda del Duero in 1962. They have 15 ha of vines, some between 60-80 years old, others between 15-30. Enter 33 year-old Emmanuel Ivar who studied winemaking in the Loire and moved to Ribera del Duero. Known locally as Manuel, he has been making wine for 10 large estates in the area. Concha has given him free reign at Alvides to do his own thing. Picked in 20kg baskets, some destemming, 2 or 3 days cold maceration, 30-40 days on the skins. Every level of wine from Joven through Crianza up to the Reserva are treated to some time in oak. Crianza and above are fermented in barrique and there is much stirring of the lees. The results are excellent – we find a high dark fruit content in the nose (with a touch of vanilla – from the oak) and a fabulous suppleness in the mouth. Truly a modern expression of Ribera del Duero.