Alberto Cobo was enjoying a successful career in the city of Valladolid in Castilla y León as a pharmacist when became enamored with the great wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. His passion for wine soon overcame his passion for the pharmacy and by 2000, he could no longer resist the idea of pursuing his dream to become a winemaker; thus, he left his pharmaceutical career behind to purchase a vineyard property in Ribera del Duero. He named it Bodegas y Viñedos Lleiroso after the Lleiroso River in Asturias where he grew up. The winery is situated along the "Golden Mile" of Valbuena de Duero, an area with the ideal soil, climate, sunlight, elevation and breezes from the Duero River to create the perfect growing conditions for Tempranillo, or as it's called in Ribera del Duero, Tinta del País. The Lleiroso vineyards sit at an altitude of 780 meters and range in age between 25 and 80 years old. Alberto employs meticulous farming of all his estate vines and only buys grapes from fellow like-minded growers in the region.
This 100% Tempranillo was named "Luz Millar" or "1,000 lights" alluding to the stars lighting up the sky along the Golden Mile in Valbuena de Duero. Longtime wine club members may remember this wine as we featured it many years ago, however we think that this current vintage is even better! The nose is remarkably fragrant, offering notes of black cherry liquor, hibiscus tea, bittersweet cocoa, espresso and black pepper while the medium to full-bodied palate exhibits flavors of blackberry, raspberry, anise and dried earth. Having aged in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels for four months, some woody notes emerge on the mid-palate including vanilla, dill and clove, which create a lovely frame around the core of juicy, rich berry fruit. There are some ever so slightly grippy tannins here, but nothing that a little air, a light decanting or better yet, a grilled lamb burger won’t fix!