Pago de Larrainzar 2006
Other Red Blends from Navarra, Spain
The wine presents an attractive and deep cherry-red colour. On the nose, you will distinguish an intense aroma of mature fruit, compote, well assembled with notes of a well-aged wine in high quality barrels. This gives way to hints of minerals, pepper and coffee. On the palate, the taste is flavorful, very mature, appetizing and fruity. It is well structured and has a long finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "For Navarra, which can produce green, herbal wines, this is ripe and pure, with cherry, plum, berry and a touch of raisin to the nose. A tight, juicy palate is direct and tannic, while black plum and berry flavors come with chocolate shadings. A crisp, almost raw finish with blasting tannins says this can age another decade."
Pago de Larrainzar Winery
Pago de Larrainzar is a dream come true. It is our family's quest to revive an interrupted tradition. It is a thrilling project that aims to reflect our professionalism, values and identity in an extraordinary wine.
The Pago de Larrainzar Winery is the result of a personal dream of Miguel Canalejo, a well-known Navarran businessman, who deeply loves his land and since childhood has been linked to the world of viticulture and wine making.
One hundred and fifty years ago, the Larrainzar family acquired an extraordinary estate in Ayegui which is adjacent to the Irache Monastery, at the foot of the Montejurra Mountain and on the famous St. James’ Way (Camino Santiago). It was in this estate that Luis Larrainzar, the great-grandfather of the founder of the Pago de Larrainzar Winery, established a vineyard of Tempranillo grapes and a small winery with limited production that was awarded a gold medal in the wine competition held in connection with the 1929 World Exposition in Barcelona.
Over time, the Larrainzar family decided to distance itself from the world of wine making. But for Miguel Canalejo, this part of his memory has now been revived with Pago de Larrainzar.
In 2001, he decided to realize the dream that he had been developing over the past years: to "create" wine in his family’s land and offer the world a personal product. Two of his children accompany him in the project: Miguel Canalejo Lasarte, as technical director, and Irene Canalejo Lasarte, as marketing and sales director. In addition, they are advised by renowned experts on viticulture and enology, such as the prestigious enologist Ignacio de Miguel Poch and the viticulturalist Adolfo Hornos. The team is complete with the winery’s enologist, Alberto Alcantarilla Morales.
The Pago de Larrainzar Winery was inaugurated in September 2006, coinciding with the release of its first wine, Pago de Larrainzar 2004. View all Pago de Larrainzar Wines
About NavarraGarnacha is the primary grape here, producing rosados in large quantities for the locals and for export. Navarra is also a top Cava producer.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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