Diaz Bayo

15 Meses Crianza – 2019

Region: Spain - Castilla y Leon

Diaz Bayo

For more than ten generations, the Díaz Bayo family has been dedicated to the cultivation of the land in the Ribera del Duero. The tradition of vineyard cultivation in the municipality of Fuentelcésped dates back to 1177. Familia Díaz Bayo vineyards were planted in the valley of the Nava stream, an ideal spot due to the sunny slopes, abundant loose soil and pebbles.

The Díaz Bayo family makes wines from the red grape varietal Tempranillo and the white grape varietal Albillo.  The first written mention of Albillo is from the 15th century in Agricultura General by Gabriel Alonso de Herrera in which he says that the wine made from this variety is described as “very clear, with gentle color and taste.”

Located along the Arroyo de la Nava, a high valley just 10 miles to the southeast of modern-day Aranda de Duero, the estate comprises nearly 41ha (100 acres) in multiple parcels between 2800 and 3200 feet above sea level in elevation. The soil is comprised of limestone, marl and clay. Various exposures contribute to fruit diversity and extended harvest time. The vines range from 12-100 years of age.

The vineyards are organically farmed, hand-harvested and fermented in a mixture of oak vats, cement vats and stainless steel.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Los Anarinos, El Hoyo, El Rubial vineyards in D. O. Ribera del Duero.

  • Altitude: 2900 – 3085 feet
  • Soils: Clayey-calcareous limestone
  • Vines Planted 1965 – 2001
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Destemmed before crushing
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Malolactic fermentation in tanks
  • Aged 15 months in used American and French oak barrels
  • Aged in bottle 12 months
Winemaker's Notes

Cherry red color with a purple rim. The nose is rich in ripe black fruit with integrated oak aromas, cocoa and liquorice. Fresh with juicy acidity and a long finish.

Wine Summary

100% Tempranillo; alcohol: 14%; Los Anarinos, El Hoyo, El Rubial vineyards in D. O. Ribera del Duero between 2900 – 3085 feet; vines planted 1965 – 2001 in clayey-calcareous limestone; hand harvested; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 15 months in used American and French oak barrels; aged 12 months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% Tempranillo
  • Alcohol: 14%

Reviews

92 Points

BEST OF YEAR 2023

Deep ruby to the eye, this wine has a nose of cherry, purple fig, lavender and rosemary. A nice note of butterscotch underlies black-cherry, blackberry, milk-chocolate, crushed violet and tarragon flavors. Tannins slowly build in volume, coat the tongue and gums, and stay there for a while.

Wine Enthusiast, December, 2023

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Castilla y Leon
APPELLATION D.O. Ribera del Duero
PROPRIETORS The Diaz Bayo Family
FOUNDED Dates back to the 1100’s
WINEMAKER Isaac Fernandez Montana
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 2,500 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) 100% organic & sustainable dry farmed vineyards