One of the perks of being on the front line here in the wine business is that you are the first to know about the “inside buys”. These gems in the rough are wines that may not have a recognizable name or a fancy label, but that have a great story or hit well above their weight in terms of the quality-price ratio. The 2010 Pruno from Finca Villacreces is the perfect example of an inside buy, and I’m going to let you in on the secret.
While the winery itself may not be well-known to even to most seasoned wine veterans, it is located next door to one of the most exalted wineries in Spain. Villacreces vineyards sit adjacent to the vines of Vega Sicilia, which was the first true cult wine to come out of Spain. While the wines from Vega Sicilia can command several thousand dollars a bottle, this little gem can be yours for under $30.
Pruno is a full-bodied, muscular red produced primarily from the Tempranillo grape. This is a serious wine that can be enjoyed now (preferably with food) or will cellar for a decade at least. The nose is bursting with rich aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry and spice. On the palate this has great structure, with flavours of rich dark fruit, licorice, lavender and exotic spice.
To add to the hype Robert Parker, the world’s most famous wine critic, recently gave this wine a spectacular review saying that “Normally, one would expect to pay $75-$150 for a wine like this!” and giving it a 94 out of 100 point score.
Again this would be a dynamite selection for the cellar and would also make a mean pairing with a seared duck breast or rack of lamb.
$28 including tax. Available here at Vine Arts while supplies last!