Telmo Rodríguez

Ribera del Duero

'M2 de Matallana' Tinto Fino 2012


Literally, the second wine of Matallana, Telmo makes M2 in a deliberately 'feminine' style, for ease of early access, but also as a style preference for better representation of Tinto Fino's (Ribera's native family of Tempranillo) more subtle side. Basically, Telmo's position is that it is a delicate grape variety, and that big, extracted blockbusters are not the most sympathetic or appropriate style. Really wonderful fruit such as that used in Matallana and Pingus can handle new barriques and still end up as a subtle, perfumed wines, but most often Tinto Fino requires more sublte handling. For M2, this means new and one-year old oak, but based on 600l and larger formats, for subtle impregnation with, rather than domination by oak. Resultantly, M2 shows Tempranillo's naturally juicy, velvety fruit and cloud of heady back-palate perfume to great advantage.