Rated 94 Points – The Wine Advocate
There is no doubt that Dominio del Águila is one of the blazing rising stars in the Spanish wine scene, racking up a string of 96-98 ratings from the Wine Advocate, and ultimately a 100 point score for their incredible Canta la Perdiz 2016. But that wine will set you back about $400 per bottle if you can find it. Today we are offering an incredible value from smoking hot winemaker Jorge Monzón, his Picaro Vina Viejas – a glimpse of what this master can accomplish at a fraction of the price of his top wines.
How does he do it, especially having only started the winery 2010? First of all there is no Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec or Petit Verdot, preferring grapes such as Bobal, Garnacha, Tempranillo Gris, and Albillo to add complexity and depth to his wines. The vineyards are all over fifty years old, with deep root systems that produce superb grapes.
Then there is his background. Jorge’s family has a long history of grape growing and winemaking. He took that inherent knowledge and then supercharged it, studying in Bordeaux and Burgundy and working at some of the greatest wineries on earth including Domaine de la Romanee Conti and Vega Sicilia, then Arzuaga in Spain.The biggest take from all of his studies? Old vines, organic farming, minimal intervention in the winery. Seems simple, but the proof is in these elegant, layered, complex wines – and now you can see for yourselves!