Pago de Carraovejas2021
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£54.50/ 0.75 L btl
The Pago de Carraovejas is a genuine icon among Ribera del Duero wines, it's the only way to explain why it runs out every year, a few months after being released onto the market. Its faithful fans eagerly await the new vintage, delighted by its now classic lactic volume and its immense fruit expression.
What does this wine taste like?
A distinguished wine that appears a lovely purple colour with attractive tears. Aromas of red fruits, spices, liquorice, blue flowers and woodland hints define its nose, whilst on the palate there's an assertive lactic element, with creamy toast and very fine, silky-textured tannins. A flavoursome wine, juicy and very well-balanced, with well-judged acidity and a persistent finish in which the hints of ripe fruit and the oak's toasty notes blend together nicely.
|Purplish red / Purple rim|
|Ripe black fruit / Lactic notes / Balsamic aromas / Sweet spices|
|Elegant / Structured / Profound / deep|
Drinking and storing
Iberian pork secreto / Cured Manchego cheese / Lamb ribs
Ratings and awards
|2019||93 PN||91 SK|
|2018||92+ PK||93 PN||90 SK|
|2017||91 PK||93 PN||92 SK|
|2016||92 PK||93 PN||93 SK|
|2015||92 PK||94 PN||91 SK|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson
First a small correction, the alcohol content of this 2018 year is 15%, not 15,5%... Apart from that, this is a great wine and year, full bodied but very soft and tasty, without being too strong in alcohol because of its 15%. I drank this wine for the first time at Christmas 2019 when I was in Spain, and it was lovely then too. I can't remember the wine year though, so I 'gambled' with my 2018 order of 2 bottles, but I am very pleased that I did. From now on it will be on my order shortlist!
This wine used to be really impressive
As the price went up sharply the quality seems to have lowered somewhat. It is still a very full bodied Ribera del Duero with its own characteristic taste which may be due to the small addition of French grapes, however for me, the price-quality ratio is not convincing anymore.
Excellent smooth Spanish wine
So smooth, a quality red wine that never disappoints bottle after bottle. First tasted in a superb restaurant in Banahavis and since bought 24 bottles it is that good.
Fine example of a distinctive Ribera del Duero
Young wine which is totally drinkable now but benefits for keeping year or two. Tasted several different vintages and always kept it´s promises. Highly recommended!
You can’t go wrong with this wine
You can’t go wrong with this wine, good price for excellent quality. Will order the next batch very soon for sure.
The harvest is carried out manually using small crates, and the grapes are taken to a cold-storage room to be transferred later by gravity to the fermentation tanks, French oak vats and some small stainless steel tanks; the using of native yeasts will enable maximum expression of the terroir's characteristics and the singularity of each vintage. Again conveyed by gravity, the wine is transferred to American and French oak barrels, in which it will be matured for a year. Clarified with natural egg white and bottled by gravity with a select natural cork stopper, the now finished Pago de Carraovejas will continue to rest for a few more months in cellar before reaching the market.
|Vinification material||Stainless steel / Wood|
|Ageing period||12 months|
|Barrel age||New and sused|
|Type of wood||French and American oak|
Its grapes grow on vines rooted in soils that combine limestone with red clay and white marl.
|Vine age||30 years|
|Soil||Sandy loam / Clay / Marl|
Bodega Pago de Carraovejas
In spite of its short lifespan so far, Pago de Carraovejas is one of the benchmark wineries in the Ribera del Duero. The project which sought to turn a dream into reality has culminated in red wines which feature among the most sought-after in the whole of Spain and figure on the menus of the most renowned restaurants in the entire world.