Wein des Monats
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Blanca del Pais und Bobal.
Ein Insider-Tipp der bald schon keiner mehr ist. Wir sind überzeugt, unser Gefühl täuscht uns nicht. Dominio del Aguila wird spanische Geschichte schreiben...
Bezaubernde Nase, finessenreich, vielschichtige Aromatik, ein Spanier nach "Burgunder Art"...
Der Picaro del Aguila Tinto erfährt eine 19-monatige Reifung in französischer Eiche. Manuelle Ernte, Traubengut nicht entbeert. Nach alttraditioneller Art mit den Füssen zertreten. Biologischer Säureabbau. Keine Klärung, keine Batonnage.
Der Picaro del Aguila Tinto verleiht in der Nase Aromen von konzentrierten schwarzen Früchten, interessante Mineralität und Röstaromen. Am Gaumen intensive, rote Kirschfrucht; angenehme Säure und Tannine. Mundfüllend, gut strukturiert mit einem langanhaltenden, feinen, samtigen - burgundischen - Abgang. Ein wunderchöner Ribera del Duero.
Vom Picaro del Aguila Tinto 2013 wurden nur gerade 8.013 Flaschen, 85 Magnums, 6 Doppelmagnums 3 l und 4 Jéroboamflaschen zu 5 l abgefüllt. Wir konnten uns ein kleiner Anteil direkt ab Bodega sichern.
WineAdvocate # 221 | Oct 2015 | Luis Gutierrez | 92 Punkte
The 2013 Pícaro Tinto is Tempranillo with 5% Albillo from a mixture of north facing vineyards in the Sotillejo quarter of La Aguilera, the village of Burgos where they have all of their vineyards. They do not own a destemmer machine, so all of their wines ferment in full clusters and always with indigenous yeasts, in this case in cement vats. This 2013 had a shorter aging in barrel than the previous years and they also used a smaller percentage of new oak. This part of the village produces wines of great energy; the nose is fresh with an Atlantic, cool, herbal twist, representing the vintage, a year with a shorter vegetative cycle in the shape of red and black wild berries with some floral hints. This is an accessible, fresh and quite fruit-driven Ribera from a cool place in a cool vintage. The oak is very nicely integrated, with some spices and some grainy, slightly chalky tannins. Ideal for food. 8,000 bottles.
There are some new wines from Dominio del Águila: a superb single vineyard, Peñas Aladas, from the 2010 vintage; and also a white which, for now, is not part of the Ribera del Duero appellation, as the appellation does not (yet) contemplate white wines, but might do so in the future.
The non-rosé 'claret' clearly improves with time in bottle, so don't get fooled into thinking you should consume it ASAP. Put the bottles aside for a couple of years and you'll be in for a treat!
As for the reds, they are quite oaky as they had to start from scratch and buy all of their barrels new, and I think the oak will show better as it integrates into the wines. The barrels they buy are world class and so are their vineyards, but sometimes the shallow soils and the skin deep limestone mother rock can provide for some grainy, dry tannins that require a long and slow polishing, which means a long time in barrel. But I've walked their vineyards and if there is fruit that can take the oak treatment that we're talking about, it's certainly that of the very old, dry-farmed, bush vines they work. These reds are designed for the long haul, and I'm very confident time in bottle will render the oak imperceptible and the wines will mature to be classic Ribera del Duero examples, among the best produced in the region.
Quality is on the way up. This is certainly the most exciting new project in Ribera del Duero and I have the feeling the best is yet to come. A name to keep in your radar screens if you're interested in the appellation.