Author:Ferraez, Jorge

HUGO del Pozzo is one of the few Latinos (a Mexican immigrant to the US) that owns and produces wine in Ribera del Duero, Spain. An excellent wine indeed; Pinea.

His Estate, which is 80 acres planted with Tempranillo, is close to many of the others with great names in Ribera: Vega Sicilia, Pingus, Emilio Moro, close to La Horra and Olmedillo de Roa in the municipality of Burgos. Along with his partner Vicente Pliego, he makes around 4,000 cases of Pinea and Pinea 17 (second label). From his annual production, he sells most of his 50 tons of fruit to very distinctive bodega names of the local community, but keeps the best seven tons to make his two wines. He hired a fantastic young winemaker; Isaac Fernandez to make it. Fernandez is a renowned name in the Ribera del Duero community, since his uncle was the winemaker for Vega Sicilia for 30 years. Pinea 17 got 92 pts by James Suckling on its 2013 vintage and is available in the Texas through Central Market (H-E-B) and some smaller wine shops (Pinea 17 $40).

Another surprise was the "Voces" wine made by our good friend Fernando Candelario in Napa. I had tasted it some 4 or 5 years ago, but this time his 2013 Voces with fantastic fruit, ripe currant in a complex and round structure, impressed me very much. It is a wine I would like to try in 5 more years to see how is it evolving.

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Coordinates: 41[degrees]42 17 N 3[degrees]43 35 0

* Some of the most legendary wines from Spain are from this region: Vega Sicilia, Pingus, Emilio Moro, among others. It is a region, northwest of Rioja, also on the stretches of the Duero (Douro) river. Brought probably by Benedictine Monks in the late 12th Centrury, the region has been planted with vines of Tempranillo since then, but it has been producing wine from other varietals since the 10th Century. The A.C. (D.O.) was established in 1982 and includes privileged vineyards in some 30,000 acres.

03 PINEA 2014

* Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain

* Varietal: Tempranillo

* Price: $110

* Aromas: Red fruit, cassis and tobacco

* Flavors: Ripe berry, black cherry and currant


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