Bodegas Pico Cuadro 'Original' Ribera del Duero 2010
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Bodegas Pico Cuadro 2010 'Original' Ribera del Duero
Region: Ribera Del Duero
Bright violet. Intensely perfumed aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and incense, with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy, penetrating and lithe, offering concentrated boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors lifted by zesty acidity. An energetic and impressively persistent finish features silky tannins, subtle oak spices and a sexy floral pastille nuance. Josh Raynolds, September 2013
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2010 Pico Cuadro Pico Cuadro 'Original'
A Tempranillo Dry Red Table wine from Spain, Ribera del Duero, Castilla Leon, Spain
Review by Neal Martin
Wine Advocate # 205 (Feb 2013)
Drink 2013 - 2020
The 2010 Pico Cuadro Original offers an earthier bouquet than the 2009, with broody blackberry, cedar and iodine aromas that remain tightly wound. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins. The acidity is crisp, lending this a linearity that the 2009 does not possess. The finish is still rather blunt at this stage and will need 3-4 year bottle-age to soften, but it has the structure to age well. Drink 2014-2020. I visited Pico Cuadro, apparently the smallest bodega member of the Consejo Regulador, to meet winemaker Felipe Castrillo Martin (no relation). When he began in 2004, the production was just 12,000 bottles, although it has since expanded. He does not own vineyards but sources from growers under contract from around Ribera del Duero under which he manages the vines throughout the growing season. The wine is fermented in nine wooden vats in the winery located in Quintanilla de Onesimo. I found this address to be a good source of well-crafted wines. Importer: Classic Wine Selections, Stamford, CT; tel. (203) 975-2522
By Wine & Spirits
89 Bodegas Pico Cuadro 2010 Ribera del Duero 'Original' $85
Though I wish this were firmer, with a more persistent acidity, the depth of the fruit is impressive, a mix of blackberries and strawberries that span the mouth with a languorous power, as if stretching its muscles after a nap. Classic Wines Selections, Stamford, CT
By Pico Cuadro
Grape Varieties: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Yield: 3.000 - 4.000 Kilos / Hectare, 22hl/30hl per hectare.
Picking: Manual, using small 12-kilo crates.
Alcoholic Fermentation: In small-sized vats (50hl)
Maceration: Pre-fermentation cold soak for 10 days. Fermentation and maceration, then running off according to tasting of each vat. Total: 20 to 28 days.
Malolactic Fermentation: Spontaneous. In French oak.
Ageing: 14-24 months in French oak barrels (still in barrel).
Made from a single vineyard, vinified in French oak and aged in a total of 15 barrels, this wine displays outstanding individual character. It has total traceability from the vine to the bottle. Unblended, it is produced from a plot of vines over 80 years old, growing in poor, gravelly, sandy soils, which bring the wine much of its unique personality. This is the expression of a unique vineyard.
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