Inside WBOTD | Keen eye for ‘Domain of the Eagle’
Today’s Wine Story: Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto 2014
Delicate and floral with a ripe dark-fruit character and hints of charcoal and vanilla. First of all, Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto 2014 offers full body, elegant yet firm tannins and a fruity finish. Yet, needs time to soften. A blend of primarily Tempranillo with Albillo, Garnacha, and Bobal resulting in a beautiful color. In addition, this Picaro Tinto is bright, vibrant and aromatic. From Winemaker Jorge Monzón of (in English) Domain of the Eagle winery.
What is it: An innovative Red Blend from Ribera Del Duero, Spain
Price: $24.99 on sale from $35
Pairs with: Pairs w/Beef, Lamb, Grilled Meats
Ratings: 93 Points James Suckling, 92 points Wine Advocate
Why WBOTD chose it:
⇒ $25 a bottle for a wine that’s going to perform at least 2-3 times the price in 2 years
⇒ You can drink now but try to wait for at least 2-3 years
⇒ Perfect wine to impress your friends who know wine – or save for your self and that great steak or grilled chop
⇒ Winemaker Jorge Monzon is innovative, expressive and someone’s work you must try if you enjoy Bordeaux blends – with a Spanish style
⇒ Dominio del Aguila | “Domain of the Eagle is a hard to find winery you should visit when in del Duero. And they have a craft brewery on site as well – try the MILAGRITOS if you can find it…
⇒ Who could resist having this label in your cellar
Winemaker Jorge Monzón | Domain of the Eagle
We know, we know: Artisanal is a word that’s thrown around haphazardly lately in the hopes of scraping up foodie credibility. Still, there isn’t an argument in the world you could make that could deny that Jorge Monzón and his wife Isabel Rodero are nothing short of artisanal. And… ( organic… and special…) at their Dominio del Aguila — “Domain of the Eagle” en Español — winery in Ribera del Duero.
Here’s the thing about Jorge Monzón winemaking creds: Don’t let his current in-the-middle-of-nowhere locale fool you. He learned the process studying at the Universities of Bordeaux and Burgundy, then worked at Domaine De La Romanée-Conti — yep, “DRC,” universally considered one of the greatest wines in the world. His next winemaking stint? No big deal, he then spent a year at Vega Sicilia Group before honing his craft for nine years at Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro. In case you’re not a wine-obsessed person, here’s a basketball metaphor… He’s worked for the Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James’ of the wine world.