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.
Production is at 66,000 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 used to make Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva styles.
Since the 2015 vintage, the young winemaker, Almudena Calvo, didn't want to follow the rules of labeling wines according to the Ribera del Duero DO regulations. So now, their main focus wine, the Ribera del Duero Cosecha, is a blend of what used to be the Crianza and the Reserva. 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.
General information regarding Ribera del Duero:
7,500,000 cases of production, 98% Tinto
Red grapes (permissible): Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Garnacha
White grapes (permissible): Albillo
Ribera del Duero decame its own D.O. in 1982
52,800 acres of grapes
Former area of Rosé production, now almost all red wine
Sales: 68% Domestic, 32% Export