'Picaro' roughly translates from Spanish as 'rogue' or 'mischievous' and it matches this wine perfectly. It offers exceptional quality for a price tag that is far less than it deserves to be. We love it and drink it by the case. It truly is a one of a kind wine.
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Dominio del Aguila is a winery that in the past few years has been on the up. We now believe they have firmly cemented themselves in as one of the greatest wineries in Ribera del Duero, but also the whole of Spain. Their top wines are mind-blowing, their rose one of a kind and their entry-level Picaro, is just stunning. The 2018 ups the ante on previous vintages and the quality is exceptional. Rich, concentrated, and powerful but with enough finesse and elegance to make your nose linger and want more. Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate seems to agree with us highlighting that the wine "has the depth, concentration and nuance of the best wines from many wineries". Best of all, the Picaro offers a great price to quality ratio and we advise you fill your boots before we drink it all!
94 | Wine Advocate
This is their most approachable red, and it has the depth, concentration and nuance of the best wines from many wineries. It's produced in a more jovial style, but the wine comes from old vines that always have a field blend with small percentages of whatever grapes that are all fermented together, and these vines always produce a serious and deep wine. In 2018, it matured in French oak barrels for 11 months. This is very young and tender, expressive and aromatic, very much in line with the 2016. It has lots of energy and power, more than you might think, and it's serious. It's drinkable now, but it should get even better with some time in bottle.
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!