2010 Finca Villacreces Pruno
Wow! From a vineyard adjacent to Spainís greatest as well as most expensive red wine, Vega Sicilia, this 2,500-case cuvee made for Eric Solomon is spectacular. Full-bodied with an opaque purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, wood smoke, creme de cassis and blackberries intermixed with hints of acacia flowers and licorice, this stunning, multidimensional 2010 is loaded. Its texture, richness, complexity, purity and length result in a wine that considerably over-delivers. Normally, one would expect to pay $75 to $150 for a wine that tastes like this, but this beauty can be yours for $20 or less! Moreover, it will keep for a decade.
by Robert Parker, Issue #201, June 2012
--The Wine Advocate
One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property in the region. It was owned for years by the Cuadrado family but in 2003 was sold to the Anton family, owners of a Rioja bodega and one of Spainís most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country.
Out of the 60 hectars of Finca Villacreces, only half of them (the oldest) were used to produce Finca Villacreces. The rest of the grapes were being elaborated the same way and aged in the same type of barrels to produce a wine that was sold to another top producer from Ribera. It is from these younger vines that Pruno was created in order to satisfy the demand in the market for a high quality wine with a lower price.
The style and quality of Pruno is quite different from Finca Villacreces because from the beginning the concept was clear. All the grapes for Pruno are coming from the State of Villacreces, but the age of the vineyards are between 5 and 25 years old. The blend is different from Villacreces and the time in oak is 12 months compared to the 14 of Villacreces. Although we are using the same coopers (Darnajou & Taransaud), the barrels for Villacreces are new or one year old, but Pruno uses 2nd year barrels.Ē
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