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Leyenda del Páramo

El Médico Prieto Picudo 2009

Price: $39.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Leyenda del Páramo
Vintage Year: 2009
Highest Rating: 90pts ( Wine Advocate)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. Tierra de León


100% Prieto Picudo exclusively from vines over 80 years old. Malolactic fermentation and aging for nine months takes place in new French oak. Prieto Picudo’s aggressive acidity and fruit easily match the complex oak character, and promise an excellent future, while already apparent and enjoyable. Among Spain’s most interesting and unique fine red wines.

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El Médico Prieto Picudo (2011) - "Opaque ruby. Sexy armas of black raspberry, lavender and oak spices, with deeper licorice and espresso nuances in the background. Chewy, penetrating dark berry flavors show good depth as well as energy, picking up a smoky quality with air. Shows an appealing sweetness on the long finish, with youthfully taut tannins adding grip."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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El Médico Prieto Picudo (2009) - "Inky ruby. Flamboyant, oak-spiced aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and incense, along with a suave floral quality that gains strength with air. Juicy and precise, offering sweet dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that show a fine balance of power and energy. Dusty tannins add grip to the long, gently oak-spiced finish."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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El Médico Prieto Picudo (2009) - "The 2009 El Medico is from the Bodega’s first vintage. It is 100% Prieto Picudo aged for 9 months in new French oak. It sports an inviting nose of sandalwood, violets, cinnamon, incense, boysenberry, and black cherry leading to a velvety-textured, sprightly, well-balanced effort that should provide pleasure through 2019. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Overview: South of the City of León and north of Benavente in the northern reaches of the Duero River basin lies a high, windswept, barren, rolling landscape called ‘El Páramo.’ The contours of the low hills (oteros) provide adequate protection from the cold winds for the hearty, indigenous Prieto Picudo variety to survive. Extremely low-yielding and out of the limelight, the Prieto Picudo had been steadily uprooted in recent decades. In the early 2000s a project to purchase and resurrect the Prieto Picudo vineyards from near oblivion was undertaken, led by Pedro González Mittelbrunn, León native and Professor of Viticulture & Enology at the University of León. Pedro was instrumental in the creation of the D.O. Vinos de León. Prieto Picudo is an extremely dark-skinned variety with simultaneously high sugar, color/tannin and acid content with penetrating berry-like fruit expression. Perhaps there is no red grape in Spain with higher simultaneous concentrations of these critical components. It is a jewel of Spanish viticulture when obtained from mature vines, capable of delicious, intensely aromatic young wines as well as wines capable of long aging in oak and bottle.

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History: The Leyenda del Páramo partnership was founded in 2009 to specialize in the production of wines from the indigenous varieties of the Páramo—Prieto Picudo for serious reds and rosado and the white Albarín for aromatic dry white. Reds of incremental intensity are produced from vines of commensurate age: El Aprendiz from vines averaging over 30 years undergoes ML and is aged three months in used French oak. El Médico is from vines over 80 years old, with ML and nine months’ agjng in primarily new French oak. The traditional specialty of Prieto Picudo is intense and full- bodied dry rosé, El Aprendiz Rosado produced using the laborious madreo technique, in which selected whole clusters are added to the fermenting pressed must for enhanced structure and character.

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