2013 Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra Garnacha Old Vines

Year: 2013
Appellation: Castilla Leon , Gredos
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 94
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Cropped from a cooler and late ripening vintage, the 2013 Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra resulted in fresh wines and certainly worked well with the slate soils of these old Garnacha vines in Cebreros. This has a very good balance between ripeness and freshness, power and elegance, with the character of the soils slowly coming through in the shape of fresh meat and beef blood, with the iron-like notes still pretty shy. This should develop nicely in bottle. 8,931 bottles produced.

Marc Isart, winemaker at Bernabeleva, has also joined Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza to help in the Gredos part of their Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez. I tasted three vintages of the two Pegaso bottlings, plus the first year of a new entry-level red called Zeta. It was fascinating to see how the soil gets more evident with time in bottle; the slate really comes out in beef blood, meat and iron, and the granite is subtler but tends to give a less deep wine.

For comparison's sake I also tasted the 2002 (the first vintage was 1999), when they only produced one wine, the Barrancos de Pizarra, and the wine was truly outstanding. As the wines hadn't been reviewed before I decided to include all those tasting notes here too." (WA)

"Exuberant red berries and cherries with a fine, rose-like edge and some coal smoke. Very juicy, fleshy, rich and ripe mid-palate with a dense, long and showy, glossy black-cherry finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
From Telmo Rodriguez, of Remelluri fame, comes this exceptional, high-elevation, bush-vine Garnacha. From vineyards above 950 meters, the Pizarra vineyards composed of slate soils face mostly east, and result in highly-complex and profound expressions of this varietal.