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Leyenda del Páramo

Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Tinto 2009

Price: $15.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Leyenda del Páramo
Vintage Year: 2009
Highest Rating: 89pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León


Brilliant deep garnet red color with hints of purple is matched by an intensely aromatic nose of red fruit and floral/spice character. The Prieto Picudo grape offers generous mouthfilling structure while retaining freshness in a lingering finish.

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Tinto (2010) - "The 2010 Flor del Paramo Prieto Picudo Tinto, underbrush, herbs, spice box, and black cherry aromas lead to a dry, slightly lean and tart offering that displays a sense of elegance. It makes for an excellent, well-priced introduction to Prieto Picudo. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. "

87 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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