Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrunn Prieto Picudo Castilla y Leon 2019


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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): 100% Prieto Picudo

Localization: Castilla y Leon, Spain

Tasting Notes: A bouyant medium-bodied organic red made with a native Spanish grape. Prieto Picudo is light enough to chill, but still delivers in regards to alochol and structure despite its light hue. Great brambly red fruit without being overly juicy. Excellent everyday dinner wine.

Notes: This wine is entirely made of Prieto Picudo, a native Spanish variety that is grown nearly exclusively in Castilla y León. The winery has plantings that exceed 80 years in age, planted in the old rastra method that leaves the fruit hanging very near the ground. The vineyards the winery farms are already certified organic or in the process of gaining their certification. Mittelbrunn is one of very few to produce organically farmed Prieto Picudo, most of it grown conventionally for co-operative wineries. Fermented and aged in steel tanks with only indigenous yeasts.

Food Pairing: Roast White Meats, Meaty Fish, Pizza Night, Red Sauce, Aperitif

The Domain: Pedro González Mittelbrunn is both a winemaker in his native Spain and a professor of viticulture and enology at the University of León. The winery is based in León in northern Spain. The region is focused on the city of León, the capital of the medieval kingdom of the same name. The vineyards are along the northern basin of the long Douro valley on the edge of the Cantabric mountains. Historically this was among the most important grape growing regions of Spain, though it underwent a decline in plantings.

When founding partner Mary Taylor first fell in love with wine in the early 1990’s, it was the European classics that truly spoke to her and stole her heart. As a young professional selling French and Italian wine, first in the New York wine auctions and then as a merchant, she quickly learned to appreciate wine in the “Old World” way— not as a luxury good reserved for special occasions, but a living agricultural product that belongs to everyday life.

Today, Mary Taylor Wine’s mission is to unlock the world of European “appellation” wines by working with individual growers in multiple villages— from Bordeaux to Nîmes to Valençay— who produce exceptional, regionally-distinctive wines at extremely accessible prices. Farming is inextricably linked to making distinctive wines and all of the growers that Mary Taylor works with farm responsibly; most are certified sustainable by HVE and others are certified organic and practicing biodynamic.

Each Mary Taylor wine is a faithful ambassador of its geographical origin, true to local traditions,and the vision of the individual farmer who bottled it, whose name is listed on the front of every bottle. Mary Taylor Wine offers affordable wines of genuine quality and integrity (no shortcuts) that will bring the magic of their “terroirs” to life wherever you choose to enjoy them: at a dinner party, next to the grill, or even just on a quiet night at home.

Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrunn has been so committed to the local indigenous grape varietals, Prieto Picudo and Albarin, that he convinced the best wine growers to partner with him and replant these historic indigenous varietals. The oldest vines are 100 years-old, planted in the traditional style known as “Rasta” where the branches lie on the ground. 100% Prieto Picudo, from vineyards called ‘El Paramo’ that are found in the northern part of the Duero River basin. Organic.