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2016 Prieto Picudo, Bodegas Belote Calandria

ref. BELO160 OCT18

Wine Variety: Prieto Picudo is unusual for several reasons, not least because I can, as yet, find no synonym for it! It is also unrecognised within the Spanish DO (like the French AC) system. An oddity, then. Prieto Picudo is a thick-skinned grape, from which the wine gains a great deal of colour. It is native to the area south of Leon in northern Spain and is related to the Portuguese grape Alfrocheiro.

Wine Region: We're near the city of Leon here in the north-west of the country, at 900 metres of altitude and in vineyards that are worked organically.  

Wine Producer: Bodegas Belote are situated in Roales de Campos in the province of Valladolid. The philosophy here is one of low-intervention. Cellars are dug into sloping ground and in them wine has been made for over 500 years. 

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£13.75
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£82.50
Style
Style:
Red - full-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Prieto Picudo
  Producer
Producer:
Bodegas Belote Calandria
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
not specified
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
14.5%
  Country
Country:
Spain
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Leon
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • BBQ
  • Beef
  • Casseroles and Stews
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Very deep – almost opaque – fresh-looking purple colour. Nose here is really scented-full of dark snap. Herbal insinuations weave through the just-picked, just-ripe black plum fruit. This has breathed for a while since I recorded the video note and that obtuse wintergreen note has dissipated. I find something nutty here: a smell of tannin? Palate is cool, quickly snappy-dark and nicely pure. Lively mineral grip isn’t far behind, followed by the rich, fine, rather nut-skin tannins. Just about medium weight, this. No sign of the alcohol. Long, the finish shrouded in a granular minerality.

#3wordtastingnote: cool, dark, snappy 

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