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Leyenda del Páramo

Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado 2009

Price: $15.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Leyenda del Páramo
Vintage Year: 2009
Highest Rating: 88pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León


Transparent raspberry-red color combines with the aromatic intensity of the Prieto Picudo variety. Clear strawberry and floral notes on the nose introduce a full-bodied wine with firm acidity and elegant, long finish.

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado (2012) - "Dark, lurid pink. Assertive aromas of raspberry and cherry pit, with a floral topnote. Fleshy but incisive and light on its feet, offering tangy red fruit flavors and a touch of white pepper. Smoothes out on the finish, leaving juicy red berry and floral pastille notes behind."

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

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado (2011) - "Dark pink. Aromas and flavors of bitter cherry and licorice, with notes of white pepper and candied rose adding complexity. Closes with good clarity and bite, leaving spice and cherry pit on the palate."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado (2010) - "The 2010 Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado is medium pink in color with an enticing perfume of cherry blossom, strawberry, and pomegranate. On the palate it reveals a fruity character suggestive of at least some carbonic maceration. Full-flavored, dry, and spicy, it will provide enjoyment over the next 12-18 months."

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

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado (2010) - "Deep, bright pink.  Wild, highly aromatic scents of pink grapefruit, redcurrant, orange zest and herbs.  Dry, tightly wound and energetic, offering fresh red berry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by tangy minerality.  Finishes dry, with good nervy cut and a lingering tangy quality.  This should be extremely flexible at the table."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2011

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado (2009) - "Deep lurid pink. Pungent, herb-accented aromas of dried red fruits, anise and blood orange. Light in body but surprisingly powerful, with tangy redcurrant and bitter orange pith flavors and a touch of spiciness. Finishes with good cut and an echo of bitter orange."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Flor del Páramo Prieto Picudo Rosado (2009) - "Enologist Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun made it a priority to revive the Prieto Picudo grape indigenous to this area of central Spain, south of Leon. In rosé form, it's deeply colored and bursting with flavors of nectarine, plum, blood orange and a slight coppery bite."

Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle, May 30, 2010

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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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