Hacienda Monasterio has a special place in our hearts and cellars. Having remained at the vanguard of the evolution of the DO of Ribera del Duero since its founding in 1991, Hacienda Monasterio continues to innovate and seek new ways to make wines that embody the region’s potential for power, elegance and finesse. Guiding this evolution is Peter Sisseck, who joined the estate shortly after its inception and has remained at the helm since. He oversees the purchase and planting of new vineyards, grafting over existing vines to the local Tempranillo, and incrementally improves vinificiations by championing native fermentations, experimenting with whole clusters and employing larger than 500L French oak barrels for aging.
The results of these changes are evident in the wines. While retaining the complex aromatics of orange peel and black olive tapenade that are signature of this terroir, recent vintages have shown even more elegance and precision. Wines that were once reticent and tucked away in the cellar are now accessible and engaging. Recently, Hacienda Monasterio received from well-earned praise from Luis Gutierrez, who wrote in the Wine Advocate, “I tasted three breaktaking wines, starting with the 2011 Crianza, which is, year in, year out, one of the best crianzas from Ribera del Duero.” It is a testament to the terroir of Hacienda Monasterio that throughout the evolution towards a more elegant style of winemaking, it has been able to retain all of its power and intensity, deepened and enriched by greater finesse and complexity.