PEÑA ALADAS GRAN RESERVA, DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA
APPELLATION: Ribera del Duero
VARIETY/BLEND: Tempranillo, Cariñena, Bruñal, Bobal, Albillo, others
ALTITUDE: 870-890m a.s.l.
SOILS: Rocky, sandy clay limestone
FERMENTATION: Hand harvested, whole cluster, natural yeast fermentation in tank, pigeage
AGEING: 51 months in French oak barrels
Behind its suggestive cherry color, a seductive nose emerges, pure perfume of violets, wild berries and exotic spices. In the mouth it is complex and mature, with a silky palate, noble tannins and austere minerality. A freshness and elegance within the reach of very few make it a wine of perfect balance and overwhelming personality.
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.