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The youngest of the reds I tasted, the 2019 Pícaro del Águila Tinto is their most approachable red and is still serious, vibrant and aromatic with great length and still has good aging potential. They use the grapes from the warmest vineyards they have in the village of La Aguilera, form the northern part closer to La Horra, mostly Tempranillo but with some 5% of other varieties (red and white) interplanted in the old vineyards, fermented together with full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for 15 months. Like the 2019 Clarete, this is young and tender and has more tension than I expected for a warmer year. It has less oak than previous years (only 10% or 15% new barrels), and the wine feels better balanced and is floral and aromatic. It's medium-bodied with a very fine texture, a pretty wine that drinks very well and doesn't reflect a warm year at all, as it has incredible freshness. A great Pícaro. They produced 69,852 bottles and 850 magnums, a notable increase in volume... while they increase the quality! It was bottled in February 2021.
Jorge Monzon Pascual without knowing a word of French went knocking on the doors of Domaine La Romanée-Conti managing to convince them to take him on as an intern. This time was incredibly valuable for Jorge as he learned how a truly world-class winery operates both in a practical sense and philosophical one. A little later on, Jorge started working at Spain's legendary Vega Sicilia, where he was predominantly working to create a white version of the 'Unico'.
In 2010 Jorge along with his wife Isabel launched Dominio Del Aguila after purchasing some incredibly old parcels of Tempranillo which were in danger of being ripped up and replaced by more fashional grape types like Cabernet Sauvignon. Jorge's teachings at Domaine La Romanée-Conti (DRC) had taught him to do things the old way, and he felt that these older vineyards would yield better grapes and create finer wines. The average vine age ranges from 60-150+ years, which is absolutely incredible as some vineyard sites are pre-phylloxera! Jorge stuck to his teachings from DRC and does everything the traditional way, foot treading grapes, fermenting in whole clusters, very late malolactic fermentation whilst still in the barrel, and maturing the wines slowly in very cold under ground cellars.
In just a few years, Jorge and Isabel have cemented themselves as one of the leading fine wine producers in Ribera del Duero, but also as one of the top wineries in Spain. Their rose is one of the most unique we've seen being a 'clarete' with some tannin and structure behind it. Their white wine is rarer than a Le Montrachet to find and their reds are simply mind-blowing at any level. We can't recommend their wines highly enough!