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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%
Production800,000 bottles

The wine

The Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 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.

Its grapes grow on vines rooted in soils that combine limestone with red clay and white marl. 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 Crianza will continue to rest for a few more months in cellar before reaching the market.

This totally sensitive approach to its production is finally reflected in 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.

What does this wine taste like?

Purplish red / Purple rim
Ripe black fruit / Lactic notes / Balsamic aromas / Sweet spices
Elegant / Structured / Profound / deep

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meat
Cured cheeses
Poultry and white meats

Iberian pork secreto, Cured manchego cheese, Lamb ribs

Ratings and awards

201993 PN91 SK
201892+ PK93 PN90 SK
201791 PK93 PN92 SK
201692 PK93 PN93 SK
201592 PK94 PN91 SK
201493 PK93 PN
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The toasty 2018 Pago de Carraovejas is lush, generous, ripe and well oaked, with aromas of ripe black fruit and plenty of sweet spices. It's full-bodied and reveals abundant, fine-grained tannins and a finish dominated by oak-related flavors. This has a commercial profile for those who like ripe and well-oaked Tempranillo, very good in its style and with the freshness of the vintage. 800,000 bottles.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 92+ PARKER

Very ripe fruit, lots of sweet toast and creaminess on the nose. Not particularly concentrated but very drinkable and well delineated, rounded texture and juicy integrated tannins. Quite hedonistic palate with a spiced and sweet aftertaste.

— Ferran Centelles (14/08/2015) Vintage 2012 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

79 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageNew and sused
Type of woodFrench and american oak


Vine age30 years
SoilSandy loam / Clay / Marl

The winery

Bodega Pago de Carraovejas

Bodega Pago de Carraovejas

Pago de Carraovejas began life in 1988 in Peñafiel, right in the historic centre of the Ribera del Duero, and on the region’s most famous estate. Under the direction of Tomás Postigo (oenologist) and Emilio Arranz (head of viticulture), these 60 hectares of vineyards produced their first harvest in1991. Planted at an altitude of 750 m, the estate extends over gentle, sweeping slopes, facing south-west and on well-drained soil (sandy, limy, stony and deep). The vines, 75%...