The El Pico wines are a perfect example of what we love about Spanish wines – they completely over deliver for the price.
Grown in La Mancha, located in the heart of Spain, this ancient region has long been a source of dynamic, affordable wines. We are excited to showcase the three estate grown wines for the third year in a row: a Blanco, a Tinto, and a Reserva. Quantities are limited. We hope you take advantage of this exceptional offer and enjoy the wines from El Pico as much as we do.
No paper mail postcard will be sent out for this offer and the special pricing deadline is February 4.
The wines are on their way and will be available for pickup in store Tuesday, February 14.
Available now in case quantities only as an exclusive DIRECT IMPORT OFFER through Saturday, February 4 or while supplies last.
Wine Department Staff Reviews:
EL PICO BLANCO 2015
El Pico Blanco is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% of the local Spanish grape Airén. It is a bright, vivid white with notes of grapefruit, peach, flowers, and minerals. It has a lively, fresh acidity and a mouthwatering finish.
Bill McCleary: Fruit filled aromas with an acidity that allows for expressive citrus flavors. Solid varietal taste without being so zesty it feels sour. Perfect for a wide variety of fish dishes.
Drew Fuller: I am always looking for an affordable, everyday white wine to have on hand – and this certainly fits the bill. With the clean citrus flavors and crisp style, this is one that will please a crowd. But don’t mistake this for a simple wine. There is enough in both the aromatics and the taste to keep you interested.
Noelle Starr: Lemon, mint, cream, flowers – this has so much going on in both the nose and the palate. This blend of mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a bit of Airen blended in is extremely easy to drink alone and yet has plenty of acidity to pair with food. This would be especially good with Fish Tacos.
Roger Clark: Absolutely lovely. Aromas of citrus (orange peel) and apricot predominate. Lively on the palate with a refreshing acidity that cuts through like a ray of sunshine. Perfect to sip on its own or with vegetable based entrees.
Andy Hall: I love Spanish wines. While red wine seems to be my frequent preference, I have found the white wines from here to be tremendous values. Made from mostly Sauvignon Blanc this shows classic citrus and herbal notes. Classically clean with nuanced green herb tones, this wine delivers well above what the price suggests.
EL PICO TINTO 2015
Bill McCleary: Appealing ripe red berry flavors with even tannin. It feels Spanish without being overblown in any capacity. Has that “ready to drink” character. Very charming!
Roger Clark: Ripe red fruit with hints of vanilla. Silky overall but just enough bright acidity to give definition to the berry, vanilla, and toast flavors. Classic Tempranillo versatility. Put this with a cheese and salumi plate, burgers, chili…the list goes on.
Drew Fuller: I was impressed with the level of complexity in this basic Tinto. Red cherry and black raspberry fruit comingle with spice in this very appealing wine. Enough brightness on the finish to make this an excellent partner with classic Spanish food such as Paella, but easy enough to go with Tater Tot Hotdish.
Noelle Starr: This is classic Tempranillo. Red fruit on the front end that is joined by an earthy quality that brings out layers of spice, creaminess, and toastiness. Good depth without being heavy.
Andy Hall: You don’t need to think twice about opening this! Classic Tempranillo is meant to be table wine and this won’t disappoint. I could easily come up with a dozen dishes to pair with this, which means whatever you are having tonight will work with this lively, everyday red!
EL PICO RESERVA 2011
Bill McCleary: This unique blend of grape varietals adds a delicious, complex taste to this mature wine. Earthiness over fruitiness and plenty of toasty notes from the generous time in oak. Alluring – to the last drop!
Drew Fuller: Both the color and the taste nod to the wine’s time in oak and bottle. Dark red at the core with brick highlights on the rim, this has scents of dark berry, plum, forest floor, and toast. This is a wine that will reward you for not being patient! This is aged to perfection now and should be enjoyed within the coming year.
Noelle Starr: This wine has the benefit of bottle age that when combined with 18 months in a barrel, gives you a more mature, deeper profile than what would have been a few years back. Bright, red fruit has now become dark and heady with layers of spice. Petite Verdot’s natural earthiness and tannic structure have melded together with Syrah’s boldness and Merlot’s plumminess. Incredible price for such a carefully crafted wine.
Roger Clark: Almost opaque – darkness from the Petite Verdot and Merlot. Red rim from Syrah. Dried fruit, leather aromas. 18 months in barrels gives a mellowness to the fruit and allows the earthy/leathery side to emerge.
Andy Hall: I am a sucker for Spanish reds and wines with oak aging. Here is a bottle that offers me both at an incredible price point. Well-knitted, this wine shows a seamless integration of fruit, earth, leather, and oak.