Cubos del Paramo
Prieto Picudo from a single hectare of unique terroir in Tierra de Léon, just over the border from Bierzo. Grapes are grown at 1000m altitude, bringing an otherwise unknown freshness to this full bodied grape. Deep, yet silken tannic structure, with heady, unfolding layers of spice and exquisite aromatic berry fruits. If tasting blind, one might think this is Morgon Cru Beaujolais from Lapierre (which would be sufficiently more expensive), or perhaps a blend containing Petit Verdot, or Dolcetto. 50% whole bunch inclusion brings balance between a dark, deep richness, with an airy energy that makes the wine just delightful to drink. This is proper 'small-parcel' wine which won't hang around for long.
About the winemaker;
José Antonio García began winemaking in 2010, following in the family tradition. Grandson of Santos García, a well-known wine-grower from Valtuille de Abajo, José Antonio returned to these lands after a time working professionally in the world of cuisine and hospitality. He has based his project on the importance of conserving small-scale vine growing and small estates as he believes that it is precisely here where you can find the unique features to create original wines. Altogether he works with six hectares of vines, some of which are up to 100 years old, shared among 75 different plots which his grandfather used to work and another four vineyards belonging to small-scale local vine-growers.
Committed to organic winegrowing and respect for the environment, he does not use systemic fungicides and, come harvest-time, grapes are collected early in the morning, with fermentation in the hands of wild yeast. When he started out, José Antonio used the winemaking installations of Raúl Pérez, a mythical figure in Bierzo wine, but over the years he became independent and now runs his small family-based winery from the ground floor of his own home. His wines are limited-production delicate treasures, the perfect representation of the incomparable character of small-scale wine production — winemakers who take the utmost care of their vines and are personally in charge of the whole production process, from the grape to the glass.