Wine Last Sold on: October 28, 2012
2010 Molendores Rosado Prieto Picudo
|Region:||Spain: Tierra de Léon|
|Thanksgiving Allocation :||Very Limited|
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Mission Codename: Thanks, Spain!
- Agent Red
- Send Agent Red to Spain, in search of a perfect Rosé for the Thanksgiving tables of our well-deserving Operatives.
- Mission Status
In North Central Spain, the region of Tierra de Leon has produced the rare grape known as Prieto Picudo. This grape is unique to the area. Fortunately, our recent mission to this area has uncovered this wonderful wine, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Very few wineries produce a rich Rosé like this one, and we are very happy to share it with you, today. We believe that a dry Rosé is a wonderful complement to any holiday dinner table. This extremely flexible wine will pair well with many traditional dishes.
Elegant and silky on the palate, especially after it warms even slightly, this wine is recommended for fans of any exceptional Rosé.
A richly colored Rosé or dark ruby. When you spin the wine it clings to the wall of the glass, giving the impression of full mouth feel.
Quite exotic on the nose, both floral and mineral at the same time, inviting and intriguing. Mixed red and pink rose petals meld with dark cherry, strawberry and flinty raspberry.
Very nice viscosity in the mouth, a silky texture with a light and friendly approach.
Rose petals and strawberries with a touch of plum and cherry, dry and very distinctive.
A very pleasant finish, floral in style and inviting to have another taste, a lively Rosé that is accommodating to a wide range of foods.
What the Winery Says
Rosé of 100% Prieto Picudo
Tierra de León (Northern Spain)
Almost red in color, with clean, fruity aromas that are sweet and generic but maintain a semblance of freshness. The palate is good if a touch flat, with red apple and red plum flavors. Holds its posture on the finish.
Michael Schachner 7/1/2011
About the Winery
With one eye ever fixed on the past and the other looking ahead to the future, brothers Gabriel and Carlos Garcia-Luengos Garcia along with their sister Ofelia grabbed the reins of their family bodega in the mid 90’s and have taken a wine making tradition dating back to the mid 19th century and steered it lovingly into the modern age. Their fondness for the native Prieto Picudo varietal has driven this new generation to focus on a simple, yet passionate goal…to resurrect and preserve the grape and with it make distinctive, world-class wines that won’t drain your wallet.
The farm and 150 acres of vineyards are located in the municipality of Gordoncillo on the southern León plain, where the continental climate provides cool winters, hot, dry summers, and wide temperature swings between day and night help to ripen and concentrate the fruit. In the vineyards fastidious attention is paid to the vines with much energy devoted to proper pruning and crop thinning. All grapes are harvested by hand and delivered in small (16kg) boxes to the bodega, where hand sorting, destemming and temperature controlled fermentations are standard.
Formerly working under the Vino de la Tierra classification, Villacezán’s wines are now produced under the newly formed D.O. Vino Tierra de León. This new D.O. was created primarily to recognize the potential of Prieto Picudo and foster the production of quality wines made from the varietal. Villacezán has been an outspoken proponent of the D.O. from it’s beginning and continues to work closely with the Council in clone development and research.