100% Tempranillo grown at 1000 meters above sea level within the Ribera del Duero DO. Viña Almate is Maestro's principal wine, first released in the late 90s. The fruit comes from two sites; 75 per cent from 80+ year old Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines rooted in the high-altitude river stone terroir of Valtiendas and 25 per cent from younger Tinto Fino planted by Maestro on sand and clay deposits overlooking the River Duraton. The winemaking is geared towards minimal extraction, fermentation is with native yeasts and 30% whole bunches (although the balance of the cuvée had the stems added back to the ferment). Viña Almate is raised for four months in used French oak, but there's not a skerrick of oak flavor-just the sweetness and fragrance of high-grown juice shining though.