CANTA LA PERDIZ, DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA
APPELLATION: Ribera del Duero
VARIETY/BLEND: Tempranillo, Cariñena, Bruñal, Bobal, Albillo, others
ALTITUDE: 900m a.s.l.
SOILS: Sandy, chalky, decomposed limestone
FERMENTATION: Hand harvested, whole cluster natural yeast co-fermentation in concrete, pigeage by foot
AGEING: 30 months in French oak barrels
Cherry red color with garnet rims. On the nose clear hints of nutmeg, chalk from the terroir and hints of flower petals, wild fruit jam with slight toasted touches. Limey sensation in the mouth and fruity character of the wine.
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.