Cien y Pico is four aspiring wine Knights and some bloody old vineyards. This is not the beginning of a joke, but Cien y Pico’s four winemakers are from Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Australia, namely in order of their terroir, Luis Juminez Garcia, Nicola Tuccci, Elena Golakova Brooks and Zar Brooks, who collectively have made wine in Spain, of course, but also much of the rest of the old and new worlds of wine, namely Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, the United States, Canada and even Brazil.
Cien y Pico, which means Hundred & Something, Cien y Pico is an independently owned and operated Winery and Pico was founded as a Spanish Society under with four equal partners and makes wines from [Garnacha] Tintorera in the main but also from Bobal and Syrah. Cien y Pico released its first two wines, both made from our beloved [Garnacha] Tintorera, from the 2007 Vintage in late 2009, being our Doble Pasta Tintorera and our Knights-errant Tintorera.
Cien y Pico is a new wine company with our first vintages being released in early 2010. Although we have worked in the region for many vintages, and in Luis’ case for more than 30 years, Elena and Nicola have been making wines in the region as consultants for five vintages and Zar likes to come along to work vintage for tapas.
2007 vintage, Cien y Pico’s first release was special. In 2007 the centurion plus vineyards surrounding Manchuela turned out to be not only picture perfect but vine perfect as well; a year of “privileged purity of the grape”. To taste and drink the two 2007 Cien y Pico wines was and still is like eating fresh picked fruit off the vine during harvest with just a little winemaking , blended together to form a poster child, sorry Knight-exemplar of what makes these old vines and Manchuela so special.
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