Mary Taylor Wines, Castilla y Leon 2018
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Varieties: 100% Prieto Picudo
Planted at high altitude on the barren plains of León (north west Spain) with the Picos de Europa mountains in the background. This region was once one of the most important in Castilla y Leon for grape growing. Over time vineyards have been uprooted but Leyenda de Paramo is conserving the old vines and replanting in this up and coming region. Deep, acid and poor soils with a clay texture, it is mostly made up of gravel and pebbles.
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. Some of the vines are as old as 100 years, planted in the traditional style known as “Rasta” where the branches lie on the ground. These are the only organically farmed vineyards of Prieto Picudo and Albarin in the region. Yields are low, between 25 and 40 hectoliters per hectare. El Paramo Leones is a high plain (830 mts. altitude) and close to the Cantabric mountains. Here we have extreme climate conditions, very low rainfall (450 mm/year).
The wine is cultivated to showcase the terroir. No oak and only natural yeast is used.
When Pedro “Prieto Picudo” is not in the vineyards, he is teaching Viticulture & Enology at the University of León. ‘