Pago de Los Capellanes, Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2009
This wine is not a DO Vino de Pago wine. Varietal tempranillo, a crianza, with 12 months ageing in near new French oak (< 3 years of age) barrique, for this DO a minimum of 6 months in oak is required, then in bottle for a further 2 years, minimum.
Grown on clay and limestone soils – argilo-calcareous. Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for 30 days with daily pumping over; followed by MLF over 22 days at 20C. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, £18 The Co-op.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with opening aromas of sweet black berry fruit – currant and berry, kirsch, a hint of liquorice, a soft discreet woody vanilla note, and a low-key savoury note.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, smooth well-integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black fruit – black cherry and black berry, and again with a discreet woody note, with a hint of coconut on the finish, which is long and clean.
Quality – a very good quality wine, lots of fruit concentration, well-knitted together, with a balance between acidity and alcohol, which are in harmony with the overall flavour intensity. Of good complexity, starting tertiary development with a savoury note showing through. The length is long with a very pleasant sweet black berried finish, supported by the well-integrated smooth tannins. This wine should continue to develop for a further 5-7 years.