Aguila Picaro Tinto Fino / Spain

These are true “vins de garde.” LUIS GUTIERREZ,

‘Lively, mineral-accented aromas of fresh red and blue fruits, candied flowers and baking spices, with a hint of tobacco in the background. Sweet and energetic in the mouth… Shows very good energy and focus and closes long and floral.’ JOSH RAYNOLDS,

Jorge Monzon’s brazen approach landed him a job at one of the world’s best wineries, Domaine Romanee Conti. He simply knocked on the door at the famed Vosne Romanee estate and stayed for 10 years. His last few years saw him working alongside the winery’s cellar master, Bernard Noblet learning all aspects of making these prestigious wines. He began to understand that everything counts, even if it seems insignificant, that shortcuts should be avoided. He learned the beauty of wine.

Following his decade in Burgundy, he returned to his home region, Ribera del Duero landing at one of Spain’s most revered wineries, Vega Sicilia. And then another decade at Arzuaga-Navarro. To say his CV is impressive is an understatement.

While working for ‘the man’ Jorge bought as many plots of old vine tinto fino (tempranillo) around his hometown village of La Aguilera in the province of Burgos – one of the best zones in Ribera del Duero. Many were destined for grubbing up or replanting with trellised vines. To date, Jorge has 66 hectares spread across 250 plots!

The juggle of tending all these plots can only be done by someone obsessed and tireless as Jorge. He has now reached the pinnacle where after taking his best grapes he sells off half of his grape harvest.

His wines are powerful and sing of pedigree. They’re full of detail and delineation. His wines speak beautifully of place. To capture precision, Jorge has adopted traditions from the past to take his wines into the present. Organic farming in the vineyards with old bush vines, no destemming or added yeasts, treading in the vats are a few of the humble techniques used.

The wines are raised in cool cellars underground – some of these dating back centuries which Jorge has connected. This allows his wines to meld and age without the need for cooling systems and take respite from the blazing sun of Ribera. Jorge himself admits ‘I’m not trying to invent anything new, I’m just trying to put my own take on what has always been done here.’

Today we’re offering his Picaro Tinto Fino, the humble red from his limited line-up. Mainly tinto fino from older vineyards, there’s also a splash of heritage vines in the mix. It’s serious and deep, young and tender, expressive and aromatic  – a delicious conundrum that wine critic Luis Gutierrez sums up nicely below.

This is an exciting Ribera del Duero tempranillo where the fruit is brimming with life, Jancis Robinson commented  on the ‘spectacularly healthy fruit.’ There’s a cool fruited aspect to the wine thanks to the heights it’s grown at. Black florals and spice pique your interest as a core of delicious fruit, earth and spice slowly unfurl. The tannins are sleek and fine, and the flavours persistent and long. This is elegance personified.

Where offering 20% off in a 6 pack, bringing the bottle price to $47 ($282 total). There’s not a lot of this to go around, we’ve managed to secure just 10 dozen.

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