Note: the 2012 Pruno is no longer available, but the excellent 2013 Pruno is – click here to see it!
Pruno is the little son of the winery Finca Villacreces. Praised since its creation by the American critic Robert Parker, it has been accumulating strong ratings and great reviews vintage after vintage.
Finca Villacreces is adjacent to Spain’s greatest as well as most expensive red wine, Vega Sicilia. Located in the heart of Ribera del Duero, Pruno is produced from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon vines grown along the meanders of the Duero River.
The grapes are harvested manually in 30lb boxes and subsequently go through a double-selection table: first, a manual selection of the bunches and later, a selection of the grapes using a ventilation system. Both the alcoholic and the malolactic fermentations take place in stainless steel deposits. It is finally aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
The Pruno came to the center of public attention thanks to the 93 points which Robert Parker awarded to the 2011 vintage, following the 94 he awarded to the 2010: “Normally one would expect to pay $75 to $150 for a wine that tastes like this, but this beauty can be yours for $20 or less!” Robert Parker also reaffirmed the leading position of Pruno on the US market as one of the best wines below 20 US dollars, qualifying the 2011 as a “spectacular bargain.”
Tasting Notes: Deep, black cherry color. Aromas of red fruit embodied with toffee oaky hints from the aging in French barrel revealing a sweety and fruity wine on the mouth. Reminiscences of ripen fruit and liquorice. It offers a pleasant and soft aftertaste.
93 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
This blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a vineyard situated adjacent to one of the famous vineyards utilized to produce Spain’s greatest red wine, Vega Sicilia. Made from relatively old vines, the 2012 Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured effort that spent 12 months in two-year-old French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a baby Vega Sicilia, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as notes of high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and spice box. Full-bodied, deep, velvety textured, lush and heady, at $20 a bottle, it is another sensational bargain from Eric Solomon. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years.