ALBILLO VIÑAS VIEJAS, DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA
APPELLATION: Tierra de Castilla y León
ALTITUDE: 800-900m a.s.l.
SOILS: Sandy clay limestone, clay, gravel
FERMENTATION: Hand harvested, whole cluster pressing by foot into neutral French oak barrels, long, slow natural yeast fermentation taking up to 10 months
AGEING: 35 months on the fine lees in French oak barrels, no bâtonnage or racking
Golden color. Seductive nose, with aromas of ripe white fruit, yellow plum, with hints of flint and toasted bread. In the mouth it is wide, silky, very balanced and with an eternal finish.
Together with his wife, Isabel Rodero, Jorge founded Dominio del Águila in 2010, and they have expanded their vineyards to 66 hectares. Farming is certified organic and Isabel, an architect, supervised the renovation of three ancient cellars dating to the 15th century dug deep into the bedrock under the village. Natural yeast, whole cluster co-fermentations are the first step in the process with pigeage done by foot. After primary fermentation, the wines are placed in oak barrels for malo and aging. Their cold, subterranean cellars ensure that their wines’ evolution proceeds slowly, allowing for the development of greater complexity and nuance. Dominio del Águila’s vineyards are all situated around the village of La Aguilera – so in that sense, they are all village wines.