Our Pig & Poke selection was crafted by master winemaker David Carrascosa at the Villanueva de Alcardete in La Mancha, located in the center of Spain. It is the largest appellation in Europe, yet it produces less wine than many smaller ones.
Most large areas, like California's Central Valley and France's Midi, are not known for making great wines, because they make so much. La Mancha is unique in that in spite of its size, the yields are relatively small.
Small yields mean small grapes and small grapes mean more flavor. It's not rocket science. It's the same all over the world.Bodegas Alcardet is actually a co-operative of 600 growers who control over 800 acres of grapes and make over one million cases of wine annually. Of course, they have the classic grapes of Spain - Tempranillo, Garnacha and Verdejo - but the land is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
The size and scope of Bodegas Alcardet affords them the luxury of employing the best winemakers and giving them the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment to work with.
As you would expect, the results are nothing short of spectacular. The average age of the vines is over 50 years, which produces incredibly intense fruit with flavor, finesse and extract that could rival any Cabernet from anywhere. Lovely cherry and earth tones mix with spice and leather in an endless swirl of excitement that finishes with a flourish.
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