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Picaro del Aguila Clarete 2019

DOMINIO DEL AGUILA PICARO DEL AGUILA 2019 CLARETE ~ 33% Tempranillo, 33% Albillo, 34% others ~ 14.0% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~


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Dominio del Aguila
Jorge Monzón Pascual
DO Ribera del Duero

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"I also tasted the 2019 Pícaro del Águila Clarete, a wine produced with a blend of red and white grapes as if it was a red, aging it in French oak barrels for 15 months. 2019 was a warmer and riper year in the region, and the wine is powerful but has kept very good freshness, which means a pH of 3.16. This is a rounder vintage sustained by very good acidity, in a way more like a cooler year like 2016. This is young and tender and doesn't yet have the depth they gain with further time in bottle. There is more white here (like in 2015 and 2016), and the wine is a little paler, which also helps with the freshness. The wine feels quite subtle and elegant and more in line with the 2016, which was a warmer year. It's tasty and balanced, with a chalky sensation and a very fresh finish. This is a real jewel and, in fact, one of the best vintages for clarete. But these wines are never about ephemeral fruit aromas and flavors. There is depth and complexity here. It should pay back if you can refrain for pulling the cork now... 7,785 bottles and 179 magnums were filled in January 2021."

"There is a gradual increase of volume in the village reds, as they have more than enough old vineyards to bottle more wine and sell fewer grapes. They have been in their new winery since 2018 where they have more room to work. I tasted wines from different vintages, as they sell the Gran Reserva five to six years after the harvest and the younger wines a couple of years after the vintage, which means there are wines from cool (2016 and 2018) and warmer years (2015, 2017 and 2019) with different profiles. 2017 was marked by spring frost and yields were lower, but still they managed to produce very good wines from the more challenging year. And in 2016 they managed to produce their first 100-point wine. Bravo!"

 94+ Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #255 | 30 June 2021


Dominio del Águila is now a sizable project with some 70,000 bottles produced from the 2018 vintage, as they make and bottle more wine and sell less grapes from one of the most impressive collections of old vines in Ribera del Duero. Even if the reds are the better-known wines from the appellation, here the "clarete", a pink wine produced with a mixture of red and white grapes, and the extraordinary white, a new category just allowed by the appellation of origin, have a special interest, as they are role models of their kind. They recovered the "clarete" category and were one of the first to bet seriously on the production of whites and push for the inclusion of the category in the allowed wines from the appellation.

About their work, their vineyards are certified organic; they do not own a destemmer and everything is fermented with indigenous yeasts and in a very traditional way: foot treading the bunches to free the juice, fermenting all the grapes from the field blend of varieties (always dominated by Tempranillo or Albillo) together in slow fermentations in very cold cellars and the wines also require a long and slow aging in oak barrels. These are true "vins de garde".

Luis Gutiérrez | Wine Advocate | December 2019

  • Drink: 2023 - 2032
  • Production: 7.785 bottles; 179 magnums
  • Treatment: 15 months in French oak barrels
  • Remarks: It's hard to find someone who doesn't like or is not impressed by this wine… 2019 IS A JEWEL!
  • Packaging: In OCB[12]