Cien y Pico [Hundred & Something] Background Note; Cien y Pico is our call to arms and means a [hundred &
something] in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote. Our vineyards are on the wide, dry plateau of the southern
Castilian meseta, between the Mediterranean and Madrid, one thousand metres above sea level and
surrounded by mountains that offer just enough protection from the icy winters that turn directly into
Our ancient plantings of [Garnacha] Tintorera thrive in the organically poor but limestone rich, red, sandy
Miocene era sedimentary clay between the rocky limestone outcrops that cover the vineyards. Ancient and
gnarled, the free standing bush vines, grown on their own roots with just 300mm of rain a year, yield tiny
but intense crops. Cien y Pico is nicknamed Doble Pasta referring to its deep colour that occurs naturally
with the variety [Garnacha] Tintorera.
The aim of Cien Y Pico is to protect and preserve these 19th Century vineyards for future generations. We
trust Cien y Picos vineyards to produce wines that will allow us, four winemakers-errant, to be victorious in
the battle for vineyards of terroir and biodiversity.
Vintage and Variety Note:
For our two wines ie our Doble Pasta and our Knights Errant, both made from Garnacha Tintorera.
All Cien y Pico wines are about the taste of our old vine vineyards, hence our name. All that our vignerons
want is to be able to taste his vines in our wine. As Winemakers-errant, all we want to do is to make great
wine, the very best young wine from the oldest vines we can find.
Although we have worked in the region for many vintages, and in Luis case for almost 30 years, Cien y
Picos second release, the 2008 vintage, was very special. In this year the hundred-plus-year-old vines
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 2008 Cien y Pico wines was and still is like eating
fresh picked fruit off the vine during harvest with just a little winemaking. This is what makes these old vines
and Manchuela so special.
Nothing is forced at Cien y Pico, which is easy to achieve because all that you could want in the wine is
delivered from there en-masse - with chivalrous breed. Cien y Pico does not require verbose explanations,
marketing or the unenviable process of over-selling - it is Garnacha Tintorera vinified traditionally with some
new French oak. To smell is to see and to taste it is to know.
Doble Pasta Garnacha-Tintorera Tasting Note:
Colour: Extraordinary, glass staining, almost impenetrable deep hued purple, with youthful violet on the
edges. Just an extraordinarily deep hued red. Warning; do not spill any of this wine on anything white, as it will
leave a permanent purple stain!
Nose: A fantastic range of blueberries, damson plums and cherries. Also there are intriguing smells of
fresh bay leaf, lavender and Turkish Delight but in the main this wine smells lots of red fruit and rose petals,
raspberries,, Loganberries and blackberries combined with a little cream on top. Interestingly the smell of
this has often been compared to many great (rich) wine styles and varieties but there is always a note
referring to the perfumed elements on the nose.
Palate: Attacking and intense fresh, macerated blueberry and red fruits, followed by a summer pudding
array of juicy blackberries, delicious strawberries , tart raspberries and and underlying hints of fresh muddled
herbs. There is also some significant tannin as well as strong dark cocoa dominating the palate, with a layer
of jamon meatiness. Once spat out but hopefully swallowed, the flavour of the wine reverberates for a long,
long time in the mouth afterwards.
Drink With Note; We recommend the following to drink, in stems ware of course, with a copy of Miguel
De Cervantess; The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha especially Vintage Classics 2003
translation by Edith Grossman (ISBN 9780099469698) and your own Sancho Panza and Lady Dulcinea