2019 Pago de Carraovejas El Anejon
The grapes are harvested completely manually in small crates and after extensive monitoring during growth and after a first 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 there are no 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 will get plenty of time. The malolactic fermentation takes place in the same barrels and then the Anejon goes one floor lower by gravity to the barrel cellar where it is allowed to mature in new French oak for at least 18 months.
The Anejón shows us the scent of the terraces of the Ribera del Duero. Located 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 winery from the Rueda with its Verdejo vineyards, sometimes 150+ years old. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo (94%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%) and Merlot (4%) and is only produced in exceptional years. The 2018 is the successor to the 2016 and was not released until the end of 2022. 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 liveliness and energy, characteristic of a location as unique and real as the terraces of the Carraovejas.
The wine is often compared to the Aalto PS and that is not surprising as former winemaker and director Javier Zaccagnini of Aalto has worked closely with Pago de Carraovejas. About the 2019, Suckling (94/100) ends with: "....Real deal"
|Available as of
|Jan 26, 2024
|Type of Wine
|Castilla y Leon
|Ribera del Duero
|Pago de Carraovejas
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard