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2016 Pegaso (Telmo Rodríguez) "Barrancos de Pizarra" Garnacha Sierra de Gredos

SKU #1507870 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra combines the power and ripeness of the slate soils with the freshness of the year and comes through as balanced and very complete. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the year seems like a breakthrough in the region, more elegant and floral as well as tasty, with very fine tannins and supple flavors. This is superb. 3,120 bottles produced. (LG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

This is Telmo Rodriguez’s Sierra de Gredos project, named after the Spanish car manufacturer. Take a quick minute, or two, and check them out on the web, you can see where the inspiration came from. The Sierra de Gredos are the mountains west of Madrid. This region was all but forgotten and the wines that were being made were done in bulk. Telmo saw the potential, and could help himself and started making wine here. The main varietal is Garnacha, the soils are primarily granite and as the name suggests they are at elevation in the mountains. The Pizarra vineyards are found on metamorphic, brown slate soils, which are unique to the village of Cebreros, within the Sierra de Gredos. Pizarra soil is found at an altitude above 950 meters, up to 1,200 meters, mainly with an eastern orientation. The wines from here have a unique expression: they are always fresh, complex, direct, and profound. Pizarra vineyards include Arrebatacapas, La Redonda, and La Curva. Very old traditional garnacha bush vines are manually harvested and spontaneously fermented in foudre, followed by an extended élevage of 24 to 30 months in 400 and 500-liter French oak barrels. Barrancos de Pizarra is produced in small amounts and is released when deemed ready.

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