Dominio del Águilia 'Picaro', Clarete, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2018
This is a Clarete, a type of fermentation process utilized many years ago in Riberia del Duero. Made by mixing whole cluster red and white grapes bunches in tank followed by a couple of days maceration, after transferring into oak vats for a slow fermentation using indigenous yeasts. After about 8-9 months in vat, the wine is transferred to neutral French and American oak barrels, where it ages for 16 months before bottling. It looks like a rosé but don't be fooled, this wine has incredible structure and depth standing as a pairing to more complex dishes.
*Fun Fact: Winemaker, Jorge, interned at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti before making his way to Vega Sicilia for a few years. This is the equivalent of going to Harvard, and then continuing to Oxford for your PhD.
Pairing: Black rice with octopus, Pimenton, charcuterie, fish stew
Grape: Tempranillo, Albillo, Garnacha, Bobal
Soil: Sandy clay limestone, heavier clay soils, gravel
Viticulture: Certified Organic