Grapes: 100% Prieto Picudo
The grapes for this wine come from a single vineyard located near the village and is estate owned. The vines are 80 years of age and are oriented in east-west rows on clay soils at just over 800 meters elevation. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted prior to destemming. Fermented
in temperature controlled fudres and aged 19 months in French oak barrels.
The purple-colored 2007 Paraje de El Santo is 100% Prieto Picudo from a single 80-year-old vineyard aged for 19 months in French oak. The nose is a bit muted and the wine is not as complex as the Prieto Picudo cuvee. It seems taciturn and unexpressive at the moment but it may simply need time because the raw materials appear to be first class.
The Pricum wines are produced by Bodegas Maragon who specialize in working with Prieto Picudo, an indigenous variety that has been winning significant attention recently. The wines are made by none other than Raul Perez. Issue 188, April 2010
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched red fruits and flowers on the nose, with a sexy Asian spice quality and a hint of minerals; smells like a high-class Burgundy. Silky in texture and alluringly sweet, with deep but lively raspberry and cherry flavors and strong mineral cut. Very precise, tangy wine with refreshing back-end energy and a lingering floral note. Reportedly from vines over 80 years of age, planted higher than 800 meters. Issue 152, Sept/Oct 2010