The Tempranillo vineyards of Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros are located in the villages of Anguix and Roa at 2,644 feet in the Burgos subregion of the Ribera del Duero DO. In Anguix, the vines are 75 years old and planted in loamy soil composed of 40% sand, 40% fine gravel and 20% thin clay and produces small, concentrated berries. Yields are a mere 2.2 lbs. per vine and the grapes have a high skin-to-juice ratio, well balanced and ripe tannins and rich, intense flavors. In Roa, the vines are an average of 35 years old and planted in sand and limestone with small particles of clay. Severe pruning during the growing season and meticulous vineyard practices produce concentrated, aromatic fruit. The subregion sits at a higher elevation than its famous western cousins, Rueda and Toro, which means cooler temperatures. Annual rainfall averages about 18.6 inches and the continental climate allows a long growing season.
Winemakers and owners Miguel Hornillos and Javier Ballesteros personify the "garagiste” mentality; they practice biodynamics, employ methodical and stringent grape selection and produce miniscule amount of terroir-driven, authentic wines.
|Proprietors: Friends Javier and Miguel Ballesteros, owning 99 Acres of Tempranillo vineyards.
Winemaker / Vineyard Managers: Juan M. Burgos / Javier and Miguel.
Location: Zone 2; Mibal Wines are produced in the garage located in the town of Roa with vineyards in the adjacent towns of Anguix and Roa at 2,703 ft. altitude in the province of Burgos (eastern Ribera del Duero subregion).
Climate: Continental climate (Zone 2) cold nights and hot days with moderately low levels of rainfall. Compared with the wines from the western part of this DO, Burgos is known for its cooler climate and higher altitude usually producing wines deeper in color, more concentrated and
aromatic. Ribera del Duero is higher in altitude than Rueda and Toro with lower temperatures averaging 59.8º F from April to October, with 10.1 inches of rainfall. The continental climate gives grapes a long ripening season resulting in wines with greater aromatic intensity and complexity. Temperatures in Hornillo Ballestero’s vineyards are higher than neighboring producers such as Vizcarra and Torremorón, making the Mibal wines a bit richer and denser in style.
Soils: Both Javier and Miguel own different vineyard parcels composed of diverse types of soil and texture. Javier with 49 acres of 75 years old vines in the town of Anguix is planted on loam soils composed of 40% sand, 40% fine gravel particles and 20% thin dry clay with low fertility of organic matter at less than 5%, preventing excessive vine growth. Yields at 2.2 lbs. per vine and small berry size, give high skin to juice ratio with deep pigmentation, rich and intense flavors and balanced levels of ripe tannins. Miguel with 50 acres of 35 years old vines on average is located in the town of Roa. Depth of soils provide a buffer against drought but are well drained, composed of sand and limestone with small particles of
clay but poor in organic matter at less than 1% though yields are further controlled by early May pruning. Consistent quality fruit is grown yearly and outstanding wines made from vintage to vintage.