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Prieto Picudo grapes

by Feb 15, 20170 comments

Prieto Picudo is a very rare and a dark-skinned grape variety that is mainly planted and cultivated in its homeland of Leon in the regions of northern Spain.

Prieto Picudo

This grape variety is also used as to the creation of both light rose wines as well as deeply pigmented red wines.

Thus, because of this reason this variety of red wine grape is used in the preparation of both varietal wines as well as blends.

Most commonly, this red wine grape variety is used in the blends along with Mencia as well as Tempranillo.

This variety of red wine grape is considered as one of the main grape varieties of the wines of denomination of origin (DO) Spanish Tierra de Leon.

The grapes of this red wine variety have a good coloring texture, a good level of acidity along with sugar and tannins.

Thus, this entire combination results in the wines that are special as well as different in terms of its taste.

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This red wine grape variety is considered as a highly aromatic variety of grapes, which provides an intense color to all the wines that are prepared out of it.

It responds very well to the oak treatment. The vines of this red wine grape variety develop at their best in the difficult terrains.

They do very well in hot and dry climatic conditions. At the same time, these vines entertain a high resistance to the conditions of drought.

The term Prieto of this grape variety means dark in Spanish and it mostly refers to the dark berries of his grape variety.

The other half of its name Picudo refers to pointed which indicates the small and compact bunch of the vines that are tapered at the very end.

It could also refer to the pine nut shape of this grape variety. This grape variety is considered as virtually unique to Castillla y Leon.

However, the wines of this grape variety are gradually gaining their recognition outside the region of Spain.

Some of the wineries that carry out the production of the wines of this red wine grape variety are LeyendadelParamo, Montegrande, la CooperativaVinicolaComarcal, Wineries Julio Crespo, Gordonzello, Gondonzello as well as Domino Dos Tares.

Origin

This red wine grape variety is considered to have originated in the regions of Spain.

To be more particular, the homeland of this red wine grape variety is the Leon region of the country.

Characteristics

The wines prepared out of this red wine grape variety are considered as high in quality.

This red wine grape variety is very versatile in nature and therefor it produces the wines of all the kinds, be it a varietal wine or a blending wine.

The wines prepared out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be very intense both in terms of their flavor as well as color.

Most of the wines prepared out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be similar to the flavors of red currant, licorice as well as blackberry.

These wines entertain the notes similar to mineral along with vanilla and toast, particularly in the wines that have been prepared out of oak treatment.

The rose wines produced out of this grape variety are considered to be highly aromatic that show the fragrance similar to strawberry as well as raspberry along with the touches of citrus, peach and flowers.

These wines are considered to be very tasteful and they are balanced in terms of their acidity, tannins and levels of sugar.

Talking about the vines of this grape, these vines comprise of tight clusters. Their berries are oval as to their shape and finished at their tip.

The skin of these berries is bluish-black and the flavor of the same sweet and intense. In order to improve their production, these vines are planted in the trellis system.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are paired at their best with the food items such as braised venison with polenta, fideua noodle dish in paella-style as well as rib-eye steak with caramelized onions.

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