Dominio del Águila "Penas Aladas Gran Reserva" 2012
Jorge Monzón's studies in Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as his work at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Vega Sicilia, and Arzuaga taught him several important things: importance of organic farming, appreciation of old vines, a desire for elegance and transparency together with the necessary skills to combine these factors.
Peñas Aladas from Ribera del Duero comes from a specific part of an old vineyard aged around 85 years old, located in the town of La Aguilera. It is mostly composed of Tempranillo (around 85%) plus other grapes such as Cariñena, Bruñal, Bobal, and including some white varieties like Albillo. It is farmed organic with biodynamic practices, grown 800+ meters elevation, harvested by hand, whole cluster fermentation with indigenous yeast in concrete, pigeage by foot. Everything in their tiny cellar is done meticulously by hand.
This Gran Reserva is decanted into French oak barrels where it stays for 55 months, ageing and refining slowly in the winery's underground cellars. Everything from Dominio del Aguila is phenomenal. They are destined to become monumental and historic wines for Spain in the near future. Incredibly limited supply.