Pico Cuadro Vendimia Seleccionada 2009
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Bright ruby in color, the wine displays notes of cherry and raspberry which twist towards more complex, spicy, aromas of cinnamon and pink pepper finishing with hints of cigar. The palate has a lingering texture, and full body, enriched with velvety tannins and an appealing cherry taste. There is a long spicy finish.
This wine can easily be paired with roasted red meats and cheeses.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Pico Cuadro Vendimia Seleccionada is sourced from vines 60 years or older and is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The nose is well-defined and very fresh with scents of small dark cherries, a touch of cassis, fresh dates and licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins on the entry: vibrant red cherries, a hint of orange zest and star anise. The finish is taut, crisp and feminine – an elegant Ribera del Duero that should age well."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright violet. Spicy cherry, cassis and blueberry aromas are brightened by cracked pepper and violet, with a slow-building vanilla note adding complexity. Sweet, deeply concentrated, slow-to-open dark berry flavors show good precision and energy, with an exotic violet pastille note adding vibrancy to the back end. Closes up on the finish, which offers a youthful berry skin character and good persistence. This is still a baby.
Wine & Spirits - "A fresh and gentle take on the 2009 harvest, this wine offers lively red fruit flavors in a suave texture. Its structure is firm, sustaining the wine through a juicy finish that will brighten the flavors of roast lamb."
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Pico Cuadro Winery
The Pico Cuadro story began in 2004 with Felipe Martin Castrillo, the winemaker and director of the bodega. Felipe Martín Castrillo, the owner, winemaker and director inherited 14 plots of vineyards from his father and having studied oenology and developed his knowledge and experience in Bordeaux, decided to team up with of Alfonso Muñoz de la Hera, a passionate businessman with great wine expertise.
Despite the vines ranging from 20 to 100 years in age, Pico Cuadro could be considered a “new” winery as it produces a unique style of Tempranillo, Ribera de Duero wine. These pre-philloxera vines were planted in impoverished soil on slopes of moorland, gravel, and clay land where silt was deposited during the quaternary glaciations formed by the river. This soil composition gives the wine mouthful acidity which balances the strength of the alcohol with the pure fruit aromas. View all Pico Cuadro Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.