Pago de Los Capellanes Crianza 2009
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
This amazing Crianza from Ribera del Duero has a very bright, intense maraschino cherry colour that fades to a Cardinal red rim. It has a very marked aroma with a good balance of fruit and wood, where tones of vanilla intermingle with well-ripened fruit, black berries and wild fruits. There are also noticeable hints of leather and liquorice, resulting from the mingling of the French oak and the aromas inherent in this variety of grape. In the mouth, the wine has a smooth texture but fills the palate with balanced flavours, including fine tannins, which help extend the life of the wine. The finish and aftertaste are both long and elegant.
Wine Spectator - "The polished texture carries complex yet harmonious flavors of plum, toast, licorice and mineral in this elegant red. Spice and floral notes linger on the long, gentle finish. Very focused and fresh. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Crianza has a lovely, rounded dark plum and balsamic-tinged bouquet that unfurls with hints of wild heather and crushed violets. The palate is medium-bodied with orange peel, tart red cherries and a hint of dark chocolate, the finish nicely composed and showing impressive persistency and focus. Recommended. Drink now-2017."
Wine & Spirits - "Despite the significant tannins, which create a dense barrier to the fruit, this wine grows increasingly more approachable with time in the glass. Wait long enough and it becomes silky and smooth, beginning to evidence its fruitier side. Decant this in the morning to serve with a dinner of braised lamb."
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Pago de Los Capellanes Winery
Owned by Francisco Rodero and his wife Conchi Villa, Pago de los Capellanes is an estate located 1 km from Pedrosa de Duero - a Burgos village in which some of the best Ribera del Duero grapes are harvested. Its name has historical origins, harking back to a time when it belonged to the church and chaplains from nearby Pedrosa frequented the place. Today, the setting has been completely transformed. There is a 70-hectare vineyard surrounding the estate planted in espalier to Tempranillo (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) and Merlot (10%). The winery has plans to extend the vineyard to 80 hectares in order to supply itself exclusively with its own grapes and to achieve a limited production of 500,000 bottles per year. The winery has a unique 1600-square meter barrel facility, constructed completely underground in a hillside. In addition, the facility is equipped with the latest in equipment. The grapes are harvested in October to ensure that they have reached optimum ripeness. The harvest is then carefully transported to the cellar, where a rigorous selection of fruit takes place. The fully-stripped bunches are fermented and macerated with skins in steel vats (around 12 days for young wines and 30 days for Crianza, with the caps punched down several times daily) until sugar and density controls confirm that it is time to separate the wine and press the grape remnants. Next, cellar temperature is regulated to help malolactic fermentation. The Ribera's cold autumn generally makes it necessary to raise the temperature. After some rest and two rackings, every vat is tasted and evaluated to classify all the wines of the vintage. Vino Joven (Young Wine) is aged 3 months in oak barrels and bottled in the spring. The Crianza is aged in oak barrels (60% American and 40% French oak) for 12 months. The Reserva is aged 18 months in new oak barrels. Finally, there are 15 different types of barrels used in the wine-making. French oak is predominantly Allier and Nevers from Demptos and Radoux. American oak is sourced from Toneleria Magreñan, Burgos, and Demptos. All wines are bottled without any stabilization or filtration. View all Pago de Los Capellanes Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
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.