Dominio de Aguila has quickly become one of the most outstanding wineries in Ribera del Duero. Jorge Monzon and his wife Isabel Rodero are crafting some amazingly elegant and beautiful wines from their very old vine vineyards around the town of Aguilera. Jorge (who is originally from La Aguilera) spent time working at the famed Domaine La Romanee-Conti in Burgundy before returning to La Aguilera and working first for Vega Sicilia and then Arzuaga before starting his own small project. The vineyards are worked biodynamically and the grapes are naturally fermented in the tiny cellar they have in the hillside of La Aguilera. Some of their wines take months to ferment fully.
The 2015 Reserva is wonderful with a silky, plush texture and superb length and complexity. It's full bodied without being heavy and has impressive finesse from a region that is known more for power than finesse. Release price is $85, so we have it at great price, but a fairly limited quantity is avialable.
"This 2015, despite the natural conditions of the year has managed to
keep moderate alcohol and good freshness, possibly with the aid of old
vines and surely through a lot of work in the vineyards. All their
vineyards are organically farmed (now certified), and the wines ferment
with indigenous yeasts and nothing is added or taken out, as they only
use a minimal dose of sulfur. Even a red from a warm year like this took
nine months to finish fermentation, so the vinification and aging is
very slow. It matured in oak barrels for 35 months. This is a ripe and
powerful year, with more rusticity and a different texture from the 2016
I tasted next to it. It's very tasty and supple, with chalky, slightly
dusty tannins. This should polish those edges with some more time in
bottle." 95 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate
"There is clarity and brightness to this pretty wine with crushed-berry
and flower character throughout. Full body. Layered and very polished.
Long and flavorful finish. Drink now, but better after 2020." 94 points James Suckling.