Last fall, we offered the Monte Alto wines from Spain. Our staff loved them and we were quick to jump at the opportunity to offer them exclusively to you. The response was overwhelming and the wines sold quickly. In the past year, the winery has undergone a name change, and is now known as El Pico, which means “the beak” in Spanish. One look at the label and you’ll agree, it’s a fitting moniker for this wine. 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 second year in a row: a Blanco, a Tinto, and a Reserva. Each demonstrate what we love most about Spanish wines – the completely over-deliver for the price. This is an extremely small estate, and like last year, quantities are limited. We hope you take advantage of this exceptional offer, and enjoy the wines from El Pico as much as we do.
– Andy Hall, Wine Buyer
These wines are available now in case quantities only as an exclusive DIRECT IMPORT OFFER through Wednesday, November 25, or while supplies last.
Wine Department Staff Reviews:
EL PICO BLANCO 2014
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: Lingering aromas of citrus, green grass, and dried herbs. Charming for its taste of melon, lemons, and kiwi fruit. A delicious, food friendly, Spanish white.
Drew Fuller: Tropical notes with a very crisp and bright mouthfeel. Citrus flavors are expressive along with a refreshing finish, this has everything I look for in a house white.
Noelle Starr: Clean, bright, with plenty of character. Crowd pleasing with every imaginable citrus, a bit of green herb, and a long, lingering finish. Fans of Sauvignon Blanc, this is for you.
Roger Clark: The appeal of this wine begins with the aromatics, then continues all the way through the palate. I find this white blend to be well-crafted and perfect to serve at each and every point of a meal.
Derek Brammer: Light and crisp – exactly what I expect from Spanish whites! This wine is completely refreshing with noticeable hints of lime zest. Pair this with any number of seafood salads or entrees.
Andy Hall: This is a home run on several fronts. The wine itself is flat out delicious. Clear citrus, summer sun, minerals, all abound in the glass. This can stand alone or pair with a wide variety of food. And the price – a complete steal.
EL PICO TINTO 2014
Bill McCleary:Strikes all the right notes for Spanish Tempranillo. Promotes red berry fruit flavors well. Soft tannins and balanced acidity make this everyday red extremely appealing.
Roger Clark:I love finding wines that deliver great value and this certainly does. The layers of fruit and spice are more than you’d expect for this price. Yet, easy enough that you don’t have to overthink opening a bottle to simply sip and enjoy.
Drew Fuller:Fresh raspberry, tasted notes, slight vanilla exist on a light-medium bodied frame. The palate is full of red fruits and subtle floral notes. A very versatile wine!
Derek Brammer:Displays a lovely perfumed nose of violets and cherry blossoms, red currant, and cherry. Not thick or heavy, this red is an easy match to a wide variety of food. Enjoy!
Noelle Starr:Red berries, cherries, a hint of spicy cedar, and a touch of vanilla, all within this mid-weight red. I imagine you’ll be hard pressed to find a food this doesn’t go with.
Andy Hall: Tempranillo has both a versatility and distinction that is hard to find in other varietals. This shows the baked fruit and dried spice notes as well as the lighter body I expect from this grape. You know you are drinking Spanish wine the minute your nose gets near the glass. Versatile in that almost any food you put up against this wine will be a success.
EL PICO RESERVA 2009
Bill McCleary: Dark, russet color and smooth texture is a proper gateway for superb plum, currant, and cherry fruit expression. Oak aging and fine-tuned tannins show some maturity. A blend of mouthwatering varietals…each showing their best.
Drew Fuller: So much happening here! Cassis, plum, earth, mocha, licorice. A rather complex wine. The aging has allowed the tannins to integrate and the finish is excellent.
Noelle Starr:Beautiful aromatics – spiced red and purple fruit. The 18 months in oak is well represented. Cedar, licorice, fruit, and the gentle tug of tannin – all of these components are in complete harmony right now. Do not miss out on this.
Derek Brammer: Exceptionally fragrant nose of rose petals, layered with blackberries and plum fruit. The medium body offers delivers a frame perfect for the compelling notes of baked berries, heady spice, and the long finish. A gorgeous wine.
Roger Clark: If you want to see what a little age on well-made red wine should show you, here it is. This kaleidoscope of flavors will clearly illustrate why Spanish wine, when done well, is a thing of beauty.
Andy Hall: I reflected after tasting that I wasn’t entirely sure what I first experienced in this wine. Was is black cherry, berry, currant fruit? Or was it the enticing notes of warm spice and cedar wood? Was is a touch of forest floor or hints of tobacco leaf? Hard to tell because this was so well balanced that the parts came together into a simultaneous experience that I can only describe as awesome.