Pago de Carraovejas
Ribera Del Duero (Spain)

The Estate
The winery was founded in 1988 and is located in the town of Peñafiel. Pago de Carraovejas means “the place where the sheep walk by”, a loose translation. The ongoing pursuit of excellence best defines the career of José María Ruiz, Pago's founder and principal shareholder. Working his way through the restaurant trade (cook, waiter & sommelier) in his hometown of Segovia; José María, founded his own restaurant in 1982 and it soon became one of the city's top-rated venues. The winery was a logical extension of José María insistence on serving his restaurant clients the very best. Today he not only makes his own top quality house wine; but also raises heritage-breed pigs for his culinary specialty: Segovia-style roast suckling pìg. The commercial success of the Pago de Carraovejas wines has been spectacular since the first vintage (1991) hit the streets in 1993. In addition to the 100,000 bottles opened annually at the restaurant, the wines have become a must for quality restaurant wine lists in all of Spain. Every vintage is quickly sold out and allocations continue to be hard to come by.



Jose Maria Ruiz



Jose Maria Ruiz and Pedro Ruiz


Tanks


The Vineyards
Pago de Carraovejas is a single vineyard wine. The Finca comprises of 140 hectares, all red grapes and planted 75% to Tempranillo and 25% to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are situated on the southern flank of Carraovejas ridge at 850 meters above sea level. The local micro-climate is harsh and dry: cold winters, hot summers and an annual rainfall less than 400 mm. The soils are low in nutrients with a mix of limestone, chalk and sand. Carefully metered drip irrigation controls vine stress, which along with the terrain, soils and micro-climate, produces grapes of optimum concentration and ripeness, vintage after vintage.

Winemaking
Production is at 50,000 cases and the winery uses a 50 - 50 combination of French (Allier) and American (Ohio and Missouri) oak of which 33% is new oak each year. They currently make Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva styles, no Tinto Joven here. Only 10% of their wine is exported. The maceration of the reds occurs in fat stainless steel tanks suspended off of a single plane of waffled stainless. Enologist Almudena Calvo oversees the winemaking, based on a philosophy that revolves around 4 essential points: 
          1) the Pago de Carraovejas hillside terrain as the only source of grapes, 
          2) keeping grapes as undamaged as possible as they go into the fermenters, 
          3) Large skin contact surface in the fermenters (unique fermentation vessels),
          4) 25% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon. 



The vineyards


Web sites:
www.rtejosemaria.com

www.pagodecarraovejas.com

The castle and vineyards

The Wines
 [Crianza] - [Reserva] - [Cuesta del las Liebres] - [El Anejon]


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UPC code: 7 84585 00392 1
2011 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 95% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Ideal weather conditions: rainy sprin and dry summer. Havest Sept. 29 - Oct. 22. Low yield and excellent concentration.
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, new and semi-new. Clarified with natural egg white.
Intense cherry color with purple tones. The nose is filled with ripe fruit aromas of black berries and spices. It is rich and fruity in the mouth with well integrated oak, notes of coffee and cacao and supple tannins. Full bodied, smooth and long finish.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00392 1
2010 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 95% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Ideal weather conditions: rainy sprin and dry summer. Havest Sept. 29 - Oct. 22. Low yield and excellent concentration.
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, new and semi-new. Clarified with natural egg white.
Intense cherry color with purple tones. The nose is filled with ripe fruit aromas of black berries and spices. It is rich and fruity in the mouth with well integrated oak, notes of coffee and cacao and supple tannins. Full bodied, smooth and long finish.

"(85% tempranillo, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot; aged for a year in French and American oak, most of it new): Bright ruby. A complex, perfumed nose evokes fresh raspberry, dried flowers, pungent herbs and Asian spices, with an intense mineral quality. Sweet and silky in texture, with juicy flavors of red berry preserves, anise and smoky minerals. Very long and perfumed on the finish, with fine-grained tannins adding grip.- JR"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 91 pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00392 1
2009 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. 
Ideal weather conditions: rainy sprin and dry summer. Havest Sept. 29 - Oct. 22. Low yield and excellent concentration.
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, new and semi-new. Clarified with natural egg white.
Intense cherry color with purple tones. The nose is filled with ripe fruit aromas of black berries and spices. It is rich and fruity in the mouth with well integrated oak, notes of coffee and cacao and supple tannins. Full bodied, smooth and long finish.

"Dark ruby. Red- and blackcurrant, cherry and cocoa powder on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Broad and fleshy but lively, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and a jolt of peppery spices. Tannins show up late to add form and grip to the wine's plush fruit. Shows new-wave fruit but old-school structure and balance and finishes with impressive power and length."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2012), 92 pts

"Plum and black cherry flavors are rich and deep in this plush red, accented by smoke and mineral notes. Generous, yet remains balanced, with a fresh finish. Drink now through 2017. 6,000 cases made. –TM"
- Wine Spectator (July 31st 2012), 90 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00392 1
2008 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. 
Ideal weather conditions: rainy sprin and dry summer. Havest Sept. 29 - Oct. 22. Low yield and excellent concentration.
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, new and semi-new. Clarified with natural egg white.
Intense cherry color with purple tones. The nose is filled with ripe fruit aromas of black berries and spices. It is rich and fruity in the mouth with well integrated oak, notes of coffee and cacao and supple tannins. Full bodied, smooth and long finish.


"The 2008 Crianza is made up of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot aged in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Cedar, Asian spices, violets, tapenade, and blackberry aromas inform the nose of this elegant, savory, nicely proportioned Crianza from a very good vintage. This tasty effort will evolve for 2-3 years and deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2023." 
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Wine Advocate (June 2011), 90 pts


UPC code : 7 84585 00392 1
2006 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
"Dark ruby. lovely ripe black cherry and plum aromas and toasted oak spice. Soft and velvety smooth on the attack, ripe and concentrated on the palate with a touch of spice. Beautifully balanced with round tannins and an impressive lingering palate."
- i-winereview (July 2010), 92 pts

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Pago de Carraovejas’ 2006 Crianza is a blend of 85% Tempranillo with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Purple-colored, it displays an expressive nose of smoke, Asian spices, leather, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense, rich, and concentrated on the palate, it is packed with spicy black fruit, has several years of aging potential, and impeccable balance. Drink this lengthy effort from 2012 to 2021."
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Wine Advocate (April 2010), 92 pts

2005 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml

"Ruby-red. Sexy, oak-influenced red and dark berry aromas are brightened by Asian spices and smoky minerals. Silky, deeply concentrated raspberry and candied cherry on the palate, with a note of cocoa powder emerging with air. This really expands in the glass and betrays no rough edges. Impressively seamless, balanced wine, with gentle tannins, excellent finishing clarity and lingering spiciness."
- International Wine Review (July/Aug. 2008), 92 pts

"The 2005 Crianza was aged for 12 months in a mixture of new and seasoned French and American oak. Purple in color, it has an alluring bouquet of toasty oak, spice box, mineral, blackberry, and black raspberry. This leads to a layered wine packed with black fruits, coffee and chocolate. Nicely balanced and concealing ample silky tannin, this wine has several years of aging potential. Although it can be enjoyed now it will be at its best between 2012 and 2022."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 175, Feb 08), 92 pts

National Retail Price:
$56.99 / bottle



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UPC code: 7 84585 00884 1
2011 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 1/1.5l

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UPC code: 7 84585 00884 1
2010 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 1/1.5l

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UPC code: 7 84585 00884 1
2008 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera Del Duero, 1/1.5l
"The 2008 Crianza is made up of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot aged in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Cedar, Asian spices, violets, tapenade, and blackberry aromas inform the nose of this elegant, savory, nicely proportioned Crianza from a very good vintage. This tasty effort will evolve for 2-3 years and deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2023." 
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Wine Advocate (June 2011), 90 pts

National Retail Price: $152.99 / Magnum


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UPC code: 7 84585 00885 8
2010 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
After an extremely hot summer, the harvest occurred between Sept. 22 - Oct. 16. Light and over ripe grapes selected in the vineyard, transported in boxes and taken to a sorted table, falling into the fermentation containers by gravity.
Aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white and bottled in April 2008.
Cherry red color with purple tinges. Ripe fruit on the nose with well integrated oak. Flavorful, elegant, sweet tannins. Long and powerful.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00885 8
2009 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
After an extremely hot summer, the harvest occurred between Sept. 22 - Oct. 16. Light and over ripe grapes selected in the vineyard, transported in boxes and taken to a sorted table, falling into the fermentation containers by gravity.
Aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white and bottled in April 2007.
Cherry red color with purple tinges. Ripe fruit on the nose with well integrated oak. Flavorful, elegant, sweet tannins. Long and powerful.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00885 8
2007 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
Made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
After an extremely hot summer, the harvest occurred between Sept. 22 - Oct. 16. Light and over ripe grapes selected in the vineyard, transported in boxes and taken to a sorted table, falling into the fermentation containers by gravity.
Aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white and bottled in April 2005.
Cherry red color with purple tinges. Ripe fruit on the nose with well integrated oak. Flavorful, elegant, sweet tannins. Long and powerful.

 "(90% tempranillo and 10% cabernet sauvignon, raised in new French oak): Glass-staining ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of candied cherry, cassis, licorice and pipe tobacco, with suave vanilla and floral nuances adding complexity. Plush and expansive, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and showing very good power for a wine from this vintage. Finishes smooth and sweet, with excellent clarity and length."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2012),
92 pts


"The 2007 Reserva is made up of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new French oak for 24 months. Purple in color, it gives up an expressive nose of wood smoke, violets, espresso, mineral, and assorted black fruits. Full-bodied, dense, and savory on the palate, this medium-long effort will fill out for another 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2022."
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Wine Advocate (June 2011), 91 pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00885 8
2004 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 6/750ml
"Opaque ruby color with a lovely nose of licorice and black fruits. Reveals a soft, lush attack of spicy oak and blackberry flavors. This is a beautifully balanced, complex, and elegant wine showing ripe, rounded tannins on the lingering finish."
- International Wine Review (Jan. 2008), 93 pts

"The 2004 Reserva was aged for 12 months in new French oak. Inky purple, it has complex aromatics with a slightly roasted character, notes of mineral, violets, blackberry, and blueberry. Fat and succulent on the palate, it has intense flavors, good density, and enough hidden structure to carry this wine for a decade."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 175, Feb 08), 93 pts

National Retail Price:
$90.99 / bottle



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UPC code: 7 84585 00886 5
2010 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 1/1.5L


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UPC code: 7 84585 00886 5
2007 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 1/1.5L


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UPC code: 7 84585 00886 5
2004 Pago de Carraovejas, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, 1/1.5L

National Retail Price: $209.99 / magnum














 

 




 

 

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UPC code: 7 84585 00122 4
2009 Pago de Carraovejas, Cuesta de las liebres, Vendimia Seleccionada 1/750ml
Made from 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the hottest and then moved to fermenting containers where gravity aids the fermentation process. Aged 24 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white. Intense red cherry color with purple hues. Ripe fruit aromas, vanilla notes. Suave and unctuous in the mouth. A strong and noble character.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00122 4
2007 Pago de Carraovejas, Cuesta de las liebres, Vendimia Seleccionada 1/750ml

Made from 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the hottest and then moved to fermenting containers where gravity aids the fermentation process. Aged 24 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white. Intense red cherry color with purple hues. Ripe fruit aromas, vanilla notes. Suave and unctuous in the mouth. A strong and noble character.

"(90% tempranillo and 10% cabernet sauvignon; aged for two years in new French oak): Bright ruby. Sexy strawberry, raspberry and vanillin oak spices on the nose, along with hints of Asian spices and smoked meat. Deeper and darker on the palate, offering powerful red and dark berry liqueur flavors, with energetic minerality adding vivacity. Finishes with serious grip, juiciness and persistence, leaving a sexy vanila note behind. - JR"
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 93 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00109 5
2005 Pago de Carraovejas, Cuesta de las liebres, Vendimia Seleccionada 1/750ml
Made from 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the hottest and then moved to fermenting containers where gravity aids the fermentation process. Aged 24 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white. Intense red cherry color with purple hues. Ripe fruit aromas, vanilla notes. Suave and unctuous in the mouth. A strong and noble character.

"The 2005 Cuesta de las Liebres Vendimia Seleccionada also spent 24 months in new French oak. It sports an outstanding aromatic array of pain grille, mineral, espresso, licorice, tapenade, spice box, and assorted black fruits. Structured and powerful on the palate (a principal characteristic of the 2005 vintage), it will benefit from an additional 4-5 years of cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2016 to 2025."
- Wine Advocate (June 2011), 94 pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00109 5
2004 Pago de Carraovejas, Cuesta de las liebres, Vendimia Seleccionada 3/750ml
Made from 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the hottest and then moved to fermenting containers where gravity aids the fermentation process. Aged 24 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white. Intense red cherry color with purple hues. Ripe fruit aromas, vanilla notes. Suave and unctuous in the mouth. A strong and noble character.

2003 Pago de Carraovejas, Cuesta de las liebres, Vendimia Seleccionada 3/750ml
"The 2003 Cueta de las Liebres was aged for 24 months in new French oak. Perhaps due to the record heat of the vintage, the wine has a baked and rustic character although it certainly does not lack for power and intensity.."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 175, Feb 08), 90 pts

National Retail Price: $242.00 / bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 01004 2
2009 Pago de Carraovejas, Cuesta de las liebres, Vendimia Seleccionada 1/1.5L
Made from 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the hottest and then moved to fermenting containers where gravity aids the fermentation process. Aged 24 months in new French oak barrels. Clarified with natural egg white. Intense red cherry color with purple hues. Ripe fruit aromas, vanilla notes. Suave and unctuous in the mouth. A strong and noble character.

National Retail Price: $495.00 / Magnum


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UPC code: 7 84585 01503 0
2009 Pago de Carraovejas, El Anejon de la Cuesta de las liebres, 1/750ml
Made from 93% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1%Merlot.
Color: Red Purple with same color nuances.
Aroma: Complex nose, suggestive of red berries, tinges of dairy products, toasty and spices.
Mouth:
Powerful and elegant wine. Well structured and balanced.

"Glass-staining ruby. Explosive, smoke- and spice-accented dark berry compote and floral scents are complicated by notes of spicecake and vanilla. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a refreshing touch of blood orange. Rich but energetic, with superb finishing clarity, slow-building tannins and lingering sweetness. - JR"
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 93 pts


"The 2009 Pago de Carrovejas El Anajon de la Cuesta de las Liebres (to give it its full name), is Tinto Fino blended with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot and raised for 12 months in French oak, has a much better, more refined bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a suggestion of wild heather and cedar. The palate is full-bodied with good backbone and structure, while the crisp acidity keeps the graphite-tinged finish agile and focused. This is very impressive. Drink now-2017."
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue#205, February 2013), 93 pts


National Retail Price: $136.00 / bottle



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UPC code: 7 84585 01504 7
2009 Pago de Carraovejas, El Anejon de la Cuesta de las liebres, 1/1.5L
Made from 93% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1%Merlot.
Color: Red Purple with same color nuances.
Aroma: Complex nose, suggestive of red berries, tinges of dairy products, toasty and spices.
Mouth:
Powerful and elegant wine. Well structured and balanced.



National Retail Price: $270.00 /
Magnum