2017 Dominio del Aguila ‘Picaro’ Tempranillo
Arguably the most important wine writer in Spain, Luis Gutiérrez refers to Ribera del Duero’s Dominio del Aguila as having reached the top of Spain’s quality hierarchy in a remarkably short time. They regularly feature on the lists of the country’s top Tempranillo, where their competitors often cost upwards of $1,000 a bottle.
Winemaker Jorge Monzon spent considerable time at Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée Conti before returning home. All the vines are farmed biodynamically, the terroir is amazing with serious amounts of limestone, the vines are very old.
The palate shows more vibrant dark cherry and fresh black fruit but also some lovely lifted floral tones, almost violets. Despite the heat of the vintage these old, north facing sites have yielded something with wonderful balance and freshness.