2009 Villacreces PrunoBlend from Spain
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Winery: "One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property ...
- 91 Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 90 Decanter
91 Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The entry-level 2009 Pruno is predominantly Tempranillo with dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 12 months in seasoned French oak. Opaque purple in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of earthy minerality, Asian spices, incense, and assorted black fruits. Velvety-textured, sweetly-fruited, layered, relatively forward, and lengthy, this seamless effort admirably reveals the strengths of the great 2009 vintage and is a superb value to boot. Drink it over the next 5-6 years."
"Finca Villacreces has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest producers in the DO of Ribera del Duero." (06/11)
"Warm, light, summer fruit nose. Rich, musky fruit on the palate to start then tannins kick in on the mid-palate but they are mild and well-integrated. Pleasant length with a soft, musky tannin finish." (11/12)
"One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property in the region. There is written evidence that the first vines were planted on the estate in the 13th Century. During the 14th Century, it was run by Saint Pedro de Villacreces and, later on, with its perfect conditions for prayer and retreat, it became a monastery. In the 20th Century, the property belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family from Valladolid, who used to spend their holidays and weekends there. In the early 1970s, 100 acres of vineyard were planted, which has now been increased to 150. Including a 200-year-old forest, the estate comprises a total of 285 acres."
"In 2003, the Anton family - owners of a Rioja bodega and one of Spain's most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country - purchased the estate and invested in revitalizing both the estate and the vineyards. The property is situated at 2,300 feet above sea level on poor soils comprised of lime, gravel, sand and quartz which naturally keep yields low (the estate averages 1.6 tons per acre). The proximity to the Duero river helps protect the vines from and reduce the effects of the frosts that are common in the Ribera del Duero." -Importer
|Region||Castille and Leon|
|Sub-Region||Ribera del Duero|
91 - Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 - Decanter
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast and tar|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather|