Finca Villacreces was described by Robert Parker as “the hidden jewel of Ribera del Duero”. The estate is based at the heart of the Ribera del Duero DO, forming part of the ‘golden mile’ along with its immediate neighbour Vega Sicilia to the west, Pingus and other such high-profile estates. The vineyards are now farmed organically, with canopy management and natural treatments used instead of artificial chemicals.
Grapes for Pruno are only taken from Finca Villacreces’ own vineyards, from slightly younger vines. The vineyards have a mixture of soils: sandy, gravel, shingle and quartz. The vineyards are planted with about 90% Tempranillo (mostly on the sandy vineyards, which give an attractive fleshiness to the wines) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly on the quartz and shingle, giving more mineral complexity).
Pruno was developed by the team at Villacreces a few years ago with the intention of making a Ribera del Duero that could be enjoyed earlier than their flagship wine. This wine is deep, black cherry in colour. Aromas of red berry fruit and hints of toffee from French oak ageing give way to a fruitdriven palate. Notes of concentrated cherry fruit and liquorice that lead to a juicy finish.