La Hormiga is the plot that enables the production of a Reserva wine by Bodegas Antídoto. La Hormiga and the Hoyo site, with clayey-calcareous land to the north of the Duero, provide the perfect growing conditions for this great red wine from Soria.
Grape variety: Tinto Fino.
Vineyard Ageing: planted in 1922.
Soil: Sandy ground with clayey subsoil.
Altitude: 950 meters high.
Origin Denomination: DO Ribera del Duero
Harvest: 19 and 20 October 2016.
Oak ageing process: 15 months of aging in French Darnajou barrels (50% new, 50% half-new from one or two wines) and Taransaud barrels (50% new, 50% half-new from one or two wines).
Bottled: By March 2018.
Production 2016: 13.000 bottles.
La Hormiga 2016
The 2016 vintage was a kind gift from nature in terms of quality and quantity. It reminds us the 1990 and 1982 vintages in France which were mythical.
Rain season was scarce although in the important moments it rained little but enough to give way to the vintage.
In our winery notebook, we wrote down with surprise the rose coming in January due to the high winter temperatures and we had to wait for March to feel the first cold and, then, snow in the following month.
However, the vine sprouting happened on the 29 April as it is still current. The whim of nature with new cold postponed the flowering till the end of June. Summer had no rains and the remarkable temperature variations made the vineyard control its metabolism.
September rains made the ripening processes be relaunched, carrying the created substances from the vine to the grapes all along the summer.
La Hormiga vintage 2016 is more spontaneous, subtle and skillful than the last 2015 and 2014 vintages. It gives aromas of violet, red berries and spices like vanillla and cinnamon in nose. On the palate, as usual, it is voluptuous and creamy, with a velvet tannin finish.
Harvest: 6 October 2015.
Crianza: 18 months in French barrels from de Darnajou (50% new).
Bottled: 12 July 2017.
Production 2015: 2.512 bottles and 102 magnums.
La Hormiga 2015
The snow covered the rockiest parts of Somosierra and the and the Picos de Urbión. Under cooler conditions than previous years, the vineyard began to get out of its hibernating state in February with the “weeping”, the first living manifestation of the vine.
The sprouting took place on 3 May, following a very hot week. However, the strength of the plants were tested by the sudden temperature change in the last week of May.
In summer, the veraison took place on 28 July. During these days, some temperature drops, noted among the 20 and the 28 at 15ºC at night, allowed the vine to gain strength. With regard to the rains, we noted 30 liters on the 21 July and 43 liters on 24 August, rainwater which stopped the growing cycle and supported the homogeneous growth of the vineyard as a whole.
September was at normal temperature, but with more moderate maximum temperature than usual. In the very beginning of autumn, frosts on the vineyard were seen on the 19 and 24 day. This situation with cool mornings and nights preserving the grape flavors is very common in this Soria part of the Ribera del Duero DO.
In spite of the extreme summer conditions, the fruit of the vine had ripened smoothly. The spring frosts reduced the volume of grape in the vineyard and encouraged the ripening process of the grapes.
La Hormiga 2015 is the result of this vintage features and, at the same time, this tinto crianza acquires more complexity because this is the first time that the vineyards from La Hormiga traditional plot joins its breeding part with El Hoyo plot, these forces of the nature are melted in this wine.
With a slow maturation and fermentation, the wine La Hormiga needed 18 months of aging in French Darnajou barrels (50% new) to express its velvety, delicate nature and the sensation of depth at the end of the mouth typical of a ‘Reserva’.
Year of vintage 2014
In Soria 2014 began with a cool, constant and long winter. The almond trees started to blossom on 10 March, when it is normally in late January.
The spring was warm and dry, noting 26ºC on 3 April. As a consequence, the vines began budding on 17 April, 10 days early.
We had a brush with disaster on 2, 3 and 4 May with temperatures below zero, although this did not affect the vines.
The spring drought delayed the growth cycle of the vines a little and we noted flowering on 16 June.
The summer continued with the dry trend. Nevertheless, the temperatures were moderate during July and August, which stopped the vines going into a state of stress.
The veraison lasted the whole month of August.
During the first seven days of September there was a heat wave that launched the maturation processes. The key to 2014 was the fact that after mid-September the cool temperatures and some rains created optimum conditions for the bunches to ripen as the plants were rehydrated, and had already recovered from the year of drought.
La Hormiga 2014. Parker 92.
La Hormiga 2014. Guía Peñín 93.