PÍCARO CLARETE, DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA
APPELLATION: Ribera del Duero
VARIETY/BLEND: Tempranillo, Albillo, Garnacha, Bobal
ALTITUDE: 800-900m a.s.l.
SOILS: Sandy clay limestone, heavier clay soils, gravel
FERMENTATION: Whole cluster crushing by foot in tank, two day maceration, slow natural yeast fermentation in oak vats (8-9 months)
AGEING: 16 months in neutral oak barrels, no racking
Aromas of white flowers, Mediterranean herbs and spices, perhaps more reminiscent of a white wine than a rosé. Juicy, structured, very fresh and complex, not heavy at all, with good volume and lively acidity. Slightly salty, fresh and very long 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.