Grapes: 100% Prieto Picudo
Produced from the oldest and lowest yielding estate vineyard, Valdemuz. Vines are aged between 100 and 115 years old and yield only 8 hectoliters per hectare. The vineyard is at a higher elevation than Paraje de El Santo and has stonier soils. The grapes are hand harvested from these old bush vines and sorted again at the winery prior to processing. A major difference
between this and the other Pricum wines, is that this wine incorporates 20% whole bunches along with 80% destemmed fruit in the fermentation. There is a cold pre-fermentation maceration prior to fermentation in temperature controlled French oak foudres. Following fermentation with native yeasts this wine saw 18 months aging in new French oak barrels.
The 2008 Pricum Valdemuz was produced from the estate’s oldest (100-115 years) and lowest yielding vines. Unlike the previous offerings, this was made with 20% whole bunches with 18 months of aging in new oak. Aromas of pain grille, graphite, Asian spices, lavender, brier, black, and blue fruits leads to a loaded wine with impeccable balance, terrific volume, and the structure to evolve for at least 4-5 years. This lengthy effort should be at its best from 2015 to 2023, likely longer.
The Pricum wines of Bodegas Margon are made by the talented Raul Perez and it shows. Issue 195, June 2011
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Sappy raspberry, currant and mocha on the explosively perfumed nose, along with a suggestion of incense. Powerful and deeply pitched but energetic, with aromatic flavors of red and dark berries, spicecake and minerals. A firmly built, extremely fresh wine with solid acidity and striking intensity to its long, floral finish. These vines are reportedly between 100 and 115 years old and the yield was a mere 8 hectoliters per hectare. Issue 158, Sept/Oct 2011