Dominio del Águila - Ribera del Duero Clarete Viñas Viejas 'Pícaro del Águila' 2018


Don’t call it rosé. It’s pink, but it’s clarete.

Together with his wife, Isabel Rodero, Jorge founded Dominio del Águila in 2010. Farming is certified organic and Isabel, who is an architect, supervised the renovation of three ancient cellars dating to the 15th century dug deep into the bedrock under the village. Natural yeast, whole cluster co-fermentations are the first step in the process with pigeage done by foot. After primary fermentation the wines are placed in oak barrels for aging in their cold, subterranean cellars ensure that the evolution of their wines proceeds slowly.

Many years ago Clarete was a common product of Ribera del Duero, not classically a rosé but certainly pink in color. Picaro Clarete is made by treading a mix of whole cluster red and white grapes bunches in tank followed by a couple days maceration, then into oak vats for a slow fermentation by indigenous yeasts. After about 8-9 month in vat, the wine is transferred to neutral French and American oak barrels where it ages for 16 months before bottling.

In the vineyard we focus on the soil and it's biodiversity by biodynamically farming each of the founding blocks. In the winery we focus on getting out of the way and let the fruit of each block become the wine it wants to be. 

Any white Burgundy fan should taste this Clarete, blind could easily be mistaking for a Mersault. This one caught my attention from day one. A great substitute for a white wine with structure or a super light red. Something different, interesting and delicious.

Producer: Dominio del Águila

Country: Spain

Region: Castilla y León

Varietal: Tempranillo, Albillo, Garnacha, Bobal

Appellation: Ribera del Duero

Vintage: 2018

Size: 750ml