Villacreces Pruno 2014 | Best Spanish wine under $20 RP
Villacreces Pruno is a spectacular bargain, whose vineyards are situated next to the famous Vega Sicilia. Finca Villacreces has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest producers in the DO of Ribera del Duero. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
90 Points, Wine Spectator: “Plum and boysenberry flavors are ripe and juicy in this plump red. Notes of tar and mineral impart a savory aspect, while firm tannins and orange peel acidity lend focus. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases imported.” 09/16
Deep, black cherry color. Aromas of red fruit embodied with toffee oaky hints from the aging in French barrel revealing a sweet and fruity wine on the mouth. Reminiscences of ripened fruit and licorice. It offers a pleasant and soft aftertaste.
About Finca Villacreces
One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Finca Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property in the region. Written evidence suggests that the first vines were planted on the estate in the 13th Century. During the 14th Century, Saint Pedro de Villacreces ran the estate. Later on, with its perfect conditions for prayer and retreat, it became a monastery. In the 20th Century, the property belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family from Valladolid, who used to spend their holidays and weekends there. In the early 1970s, 100 acres of vineyard were planted, which has now been increased to 150. Including a 200-year-old forest, the estate comprises a total of 285 acres.
In 2003, the Anton family – owners of a Rioja bodega and one of Spain’s most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country – purchased the estate and invested in revitalizing both the estate and the vineyards. The property is situated at 2,300 feet above sea level on poor soils comprised of lime, gravel, sand, and quartz. This naturally keeps yields low (the estate averages 1.6 tons per acre). The proximity to the Duero river helps protect the vines from and reduce the effects of the frosts that are common in the Ribera del Duero.