Winery: Dominio del Águila
Brand: Pícaro del Águila
Designation: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red wine
Type of grapes: mostly Tempranillo, but it also has Garnacha, Bobal and Tempranillo gris.
Time of ageing: Ageing in small French oak barrels for 12 months.
Parker scale: 94 points
Vineyard and elaboration
It has 30 hectares of very old vines, most of which are under organic farming, as well as 5 relatively young hectares (under 50 years old). As a result, they have been supplying grapes to some of the region's leading wineries for more than 10 vintages.
Vines are more than 75 years old and have been cultivated in an ancestral way. Nowadays, the vineyards are organically certified. The main variety is Tempranillo, but as these are old vines, other red and white varieties are blended and instead of producing them separately, a better representation of the terroir is achieved by vinifying all of them together.
Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks, where the grapes are crushed by feet following the tradition. The bunches are introduced without destemming (whole grape harvest). Malolactic fermentation takes place naturally and slowly in oak vats. Moreover, it is not clarified or filtered and it is an organic wine to which nothing is added except sulphur in low concentrations.
Dominio del Águila is a family winery based in La Aguilera, a small village in Ribera del Duero, and managed by a couple formed by Jorge Monzón, with a long family winemaking tradition, and Isabel Rodero.
The winery belongs to the "Ribera del Duero" Designation of Origin and is on the "Consejo Ecológico de Castilla y León".
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