Dominio del Aguila Ribera del Duero Blanco 'Albillo Vinas Viejas' 2015
Former oenology student turned DRC intern Jorge Monzón works 66 hectares of vines around his hometown of La Aguilera, focusing on indigenous regional varieties, old vines, and organic farming. This funky varietal Albillo is made from 100-year-old pre-phylloxera vine, hand-harvested and aged in French oak for 10 months on the lees. The final wine is rich and textured, showing notes of yellow fruit, almonds, and apple skin.
One of the 'big three' European wine giants along with France and Italy, but perhaps the one with the most untapped potential, with many ascendant regions and producers just now finding an audience.