2015 Pago de Carraovejas Cuesta de las Liebres Magnum

345.00 285.12
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Ribera del Duero
Winery Pago de Carraovejas
Year 2015
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Tempranillo
Content (Alc) 1.5 ltr (15%)
Drink window 2020 - 2030
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The Cuesta de las Liebres is the top model of Pago de Carraovejas and is only produced in the exceptional years High in the Ribera del Duero with an almost manic focus on quality, great wines are made here. This winery is also the owner of Ossian, the famous Rueda winery with its Verdejo vineyards, sometimes 150+ years old. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo (84%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) and Merlot (8%) and is only produced in the exceptional years. The balance is the basis of the fine, delicate and at the same time intense character of the wine. On the one hand, the scents of flowers integrated with a powerful fruit show the liveliness of the environment. On the other hand, it emits freshness and a lively and energy, characteristic of a location as unique and real as the terraces of the Carraovejas.

The grapes are harvested completely manually in small crates and after an extensive monitoring during growth and after an initial selection in the vineyard, the 2nd selection takes place. The grapes then go to a cold room and then to the final selection table. Everything at Carraovejas takes place by gravity, so nowhere pumps that move the must and wine too aggressively and often with too much oxygen. The wine then goes for fermentation in small wooden barriques with native yeasts. This gets all the time. The malolactic fermentation takes place in the same barrels and then the Anejon goes by gravity one floor lower to the barrel cellar where it can mature in new French oak for at least 12 months.The Cuesta de las Liebres comes from a single-vineyard of only one a few hectares.

2015 was an extraordinary vintage with a somewhat atypical maturation cycle. Winter was not particularly cold with a limited number of frost days and little rain. All this resulted in the first shoots already coming in late March. With the rise in temperatures and increased rainfall, the vines began to sprout in April. In the 2nd half of May there were several days with severe frost, which caused a serious natural thinning of the grapes for this already extremely scarce wine. Then everything went according to the book with some more rain in summer and drought in the last months of the ripening cycle and this brought a calm and orderly harvest, which started on September 24 and ended on October 15 with a low yield but of great quality and excellent grape health.

Version in a 1.5 liter magnum in a beautiful box.

Vineyard for 2015 Pago de Carraovejas Cuesta de las Liebres Magnum

Pago de Carraovejas is a project of the famous Chef Jose Maria Ruiz who pours this wine as house wine in his restaurant in Segovia under the name "Autor". Recently the famous winery Ossian has taken care of this bodega. Pago de Carraovejas has unique wines, each with its own unique hugely captivating personality. The wines have very expressive aromas, intense color, fleshy, powerful and exuberant taste that manifests each of the characteristics of each variety. In recent years, this bodega has made a huge boost and is now one of the top houses in the Ribera del Duero.

The bodega Pago de los Capellanes is located in the center of the famous wine growing region of Ribera del Duero in the province of Burgos. It is located just outside Pedrosa del Duero, where one of the best grapes in the whole Ribera is harvested. The name 'Pago de los Capellanes' is also the name of the area in which the vineyards and wine cellars are located. The Spanish word 'pago' means administrative area. Pedrosa de Duero is located at an altitude of 800 meters. Clay and limestone soils dominate the slopes of the region, in which the vines must be deeply rooted to get water. As a result, on the one hand there is a small, but on the other hand, well-concentrated production potential. There is 500 ml of precipitation per year and the weather conditions are extreme. Summers are very hot at up to 45 degrees in the vineyards and winters very cold. Some days it is 0 degrees. During the harvest it can reach up to 25 degrees during the day, while freezing at night. This promotes the ripening process of the grapes, which again increases the alcohol and tannin content and enhances the color. But the acidity remains the same.

In the beginning, the winery only had a few acres with a few thousand vines with the traditional pin pruning. Later, the Rodero couple expanded the wine-growing land to over 100 hectares. On that ground, 80% is planted with tempranillo (in the Ribera del Duero, it is called tinto fino), 10% with cabernet sauvignon and 10% with merlot. The maximum production quantity of the winery is 5000 kg of grapes per hectare. This number is significantly below 7000 kg per hectare prescribed by the Ribera del Duero control body.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Ribera del Duero
Winery Pago de Carraovejas
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2015
Drinking as of 2020
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 15
Alcohol free/low No
Content 1.5 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 93
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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