PV Tasting Notes
I’ve tasted the 2010 range from Pingus, and this cheeky little number could and does match up in terms of pure wine quality, but Pingus is £600 a bottle and this is only about 3% of that....hang on... one bottle of Pingus, or three dozen of this....clearly an absolute no brainer!
To the wine... and what a wine, begins with a lovely bouquet of dark broody black fruit, interlaced with orange blossom, blackberry leaf, lead pencil, underbrush and hints of cedar. The palate is full bodied pure silk, glides across the tongue like the silver surfer, there is both dimension and grace to this wine as it unfurls in the mouth, boysenberry and raspberry fruit, damson, warm slate, this is deep and keeps shimmering and unfolding layer upon layer, perfectly focused. Quite simply; a sensational wine at any price. Tasted June 2012.Independent Review
94 points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate August 2012
The 2010 JC Vizcarra, also 100% Tempranillo, was aged 15 months in French and American oak. A truly great wine, it boasts a dense purple color along with notes of camphor, creme de cassis, licorice, damp earth and forest floor. The beautiful fragrance is accompanied by a wine with a full-bodied, opulent texture, and a voluptuous, luxurious mouthfeel as well as finish. Drink this beauty over the next 7-10 years.
I would prefer serving this with really fine foods, Beef Tartare, Thyme-roasted fillet of beef, Poached fillet of beef on red peppers, Pan fried calf’s liver, Herb crusted rack of lamb, Lamb shanks in red wine jus, Navarin of lamb, or maybe Herby pork schnitzel, Stuffed pork loin with breadcrumbs and blue cheese, Pork Milanese, would also suit Rabbit and walnut linguine, Pheasant with red wine and onions, Roast grouse with neeps, savoy sausage and whisky honey sauce.
Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos was founded by Juan Carlos Vizcarra in 1991. The estate owns 64 acres of vines (26 hectares) aged between 30 and 80 years, 100% Tempranillo and located near the town of Mambrilla and Roa in Burgos, long regarded as the best sub region of Ribera del Duero.
Certainly the Vizcarra wines are unique! Due entirely to Juan Carlos Vizcarra’s immense passion, determination and commitment which are self evident in these very elegant, structured and complex wines. He is one of a handful of genuine pioneer “garagistes” (small production winemaking) in the Ribera del Duero. Juan Carlos Commitment to Small production wines and gravity feed vinification results in genuine wines of immense structure, purity and balance.