Dominio del Aguila - Picaro del Aguila Clarete 2015 750 ML (13% ABV)
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Not quite a rosé, clarete is a style traditionally produced in Ribera del Duero: a mixture of red and white grapes that are aged in barrel. Jorge and Isabel are working to recover this style. With the freshness of a white and the structure of a red, this is a delicious hybrid, bursting with flavour and the most vibrant colour too!
Certified organic. 60+ year old vines. Unfined (vegan friendly). Whole cluster, foot crushed.
From the importer:
"Don’t call it rosé. It’s pink, but it’s clarete.
Many years ago Clarete was a common product of Ribera del Duero, not classically a rosé but certainly pink in color. Picaro Clarete is made by treading a mix of whole cluster red and white grapes bunches in tank followed by a couple days maceration then into oak vats for a slow fermentation by indigenous yeasts. After about 8-9 month in vat, the wine is transferred to neutral French and American oak barrels where it ages for 16 months before bottling."
93 points Wine Advocate:
"The delicious rose-like 2015 Picaro del Aguila Clarete was produced with the juice of about one-third Tempranillo, one-third Albillo and one-third other grapes from old vines planted in certified organically farmed old vineyards ... Even within the rounder style of 2015, the Clarete seems to have bright freshness, and the wine feels very lively, intense and nuanced, still young. This is delicious, but ... will be even better in a couple more years. I've had wines like these 15 years after the vintage, and they develop more finesse and feel more like a white. This is more polished and approachable than previous vintages. It's hard to find someone who doesn't like this ... 6,435 bottles and 85 magnums were filled in January 2017."