Checking Off Grapes

Prieto 1I’m still seeking to taste 100 different grapes to join the Wine Century Club, and Loweeel kindly gave Matt and I this bottle of wine to help us in our quest.  This marks our 76th grape, the Prieto Picudo grape from Spain.  We drank the Dehesa De Rubiales Prieto Picudo on it’s own the other night. The wine hails from Castilla y Leon in Spain, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and is available on the internet for about $14.

Prieto 2

My first reaction to the wine was: It smells like candy!  The nose showed confectioner’s sugar, strawberry, cherry, rhubarb, smoke, coffee, chocolate, blackberry, and black pepper.  I also found something a little green and herbal about the nose. The wine had a very aromatic nose.  In the mouth I blackberry, a tinge of raspberry, black cherry, mint, cinnamon, espresso, and chocolate.  The mouth also had an herbal characteristic.

Overall, we loved this wine.  At $14, I would definitely buy it, especially if you too are trying to reach 100 grape varieties.  We kept sipping the wine and remarking on how different it was and how much we liked it.  Many thanks to Loweeel for sharing with us!

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2 Responses

  1. Good luck with the challenge! I joined the club back in 2006 and have probably added another 50 since then.

    My advice for people who are trying to hit 100 is to focus on Italy, Spain, and Portugal, where you can rack up a lot of grapes. And if you get the chance to go to a state wine festival (as long as it’s not California/Washington/Oregon), then you can try a lot of French-American hybrids like Seyval Blanc and Baco Noir and a dozen others.

  2. Thanks Benito, and thanks for the comment! I’m making my way there slowly…almost at 80 now!

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