The Dominio Dos Tares winery was founded with the aim of recuperating an exceptional, yet almost unknown native Spanish variety.
This rare Spanish red wine is made from vines which are almost 100 years old. They are located at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level.
Selected twice, the grapes were destemmed and fermented uncrushed using indigenous yeasts for 28 days. Then they were macerated for several weeks with 3 daily pump-overs, transferred into new and used French and American oak barrels, and aged for 12 months.
Finally, this varietal Prieto Picudo was gently filtered before its bottling and aged for a further 12 months before its release.
Decant Cumal 2016 1 hour before drinking.
The red wine Cumal has a deep, bright cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
Somewhat closed at the beginning, as this red wine from Dominio DosTares opens it reveals a very original personality. Gamey and mineral, with a dense layer of wild berries, some spicy and balsamic notes, and a note of violets and dry earth. Complex, yet still packed.
The palate is powerful and, again, totally idiosyncratic. Dense, but neither massive nor overblown, this Prieto Picudo has a serious potential for evolution. Juicy notes of red and black fruit, extremely pure, with a sort of rustic character which feels very authentic. Terroir-bound, this wine from Castilla y León is deeply mineral, with a superb acidity and bold tannins. Long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
The esoteric Cumal 2016 offers an opportunity of discovering an indigenous Spanish red variety. And an extremely interesting one at that.
Enterwine 93. Peñín 93. Parker 92.
Aged for 15 months in oak. Enterwine 93. Peñín 93. Parker 92.
Aged for 10 months in oak. Enterwine 91.
Parker 92. Peñín 92. Silver Medal-Vinalies Contest.
Aged for 15 months in oak. Peñín 93.
|D.O.||VT Castilla y León|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Alone, Birds, Bull meat, Civet, Cooked foods, Duck, Game animals, Poultry, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Stew|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Refreshingly "primitive", so to speak. Immensely energetic, with chewy tannins and an earthy side.
This red wine made from an virtually unknown grape is excellent. Pleasantly tannic, vivid, still a little tight, it has a sort of inner thrust that makes it super attractive. Very authentic.