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.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||79% Tempranillo, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot||ABV:||15%|
|Aging:||12 months in French and American oak|
Pre-fermentation cold maceration.
Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations with indigenous yeasts and lactic bacteria found at Pago de Carraovejas Estate.
Clarified with natural egg white and bottled in April 2015.
2013 vintage: The 2013 vintage was characterized throughout its cycle by a particularly rainy spring, very appropriated after a very dry 2012, and followed by a very hot summer. The summer started with rather low temperatures and took some time to make its appearance, causing a rather cold ripening start that became later well balanced being also affected by the rains next to the harvest date. This weather required to lengthen the cycle to reach the complete ripening until the 14th October. From that date, the harvest has required 17 days of uninterrupted hand picking, characterized not only by the usual exhaustive selection on the grading table at the winery but also by an extreme selection in the vineyard that had guaranteed healthy grapes and an optimal ripening of the same as well as a good acidity and the typical well balance from other vintages at Pago de Carraovejas.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|TBD||1.5L||1||Glass||7 84585 00884 1||1 07 84585 00884 8||$152.99|
|S0EE240040TPM||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 00392 1||1 07 84585 00392 8||$56.99|
"One of the most reliable Crianzas and an incredible local successes in Spain, the 2014 Crianza is a subtle, harmonic and elegant blend of Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) with some 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, fermented in stainless steel and oak vats and matured in French and American oak barrels for one year before it was bottled. With 15% alcohol it's not a shy wine, but it's nicely balanced, the oak is present but integrated with the fruit, and the palate is full-bodied and round, with lush tannins and a very tasty finish. 600,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #227, December 2016), 93 pts
"(raised for a year in new and used French and American oak barrels) Lurid ruby. Intense red and dark berry and floral aromas are given spicy lift by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering vibrant black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows solid thrust and alluring sweetness on the gently tannic finish, which leaves cherry compote and mocha notes behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 92 pts
"Saucy, gritty aromas of molasses, savory plum and road tar are more dark and brooding than fruity. This blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot is tight and collected on the palate, with gritty, oaky flavors of blackberry and dark plum. A peppery, spicy finish gets much of its taste from the barrel. Drink through 2023."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2017), 90 pts
"(aged in new and used French and American oak barrels for a year) Opaque ruby. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of cherry and blueberry are complemented by a smoky mineral nuance and a suave floral element. Pliant dark berry and cherry cola flavors show a hint of refreshing bitterness, and a vanilla note gains intensity as the wine opens up. Closes gently tannic and long, leaving behind notes of spicecake and dark fruit preserves. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 92 pts
"The 2012 Crianza is a blend of Tempranillo (91%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) and Merlot (3%), fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and matured for one year in French and American oak barrels. This feels like a very fine and fresh Crianza from Carraovejas, with a lot of aromas of licorice and bright red cherries, plus some flowers coming through with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and very balanced with fine, sleek tannins and a silky texture. Great crianza! 650,000 bottles of this wine were produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #221, October 2015), 93 pts
"The 2011 Crianza is a blend of Tempranillo (93%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) and Merlot (2%) aged for one year in barrique. This is their flagship wine, a sure bet, showing great Ribera typicity with notes of small berries, restrained spices, smoke and a lactic touch, all in very good harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with polished, silky tannins, good acidity, and balance, with pungent flavors lifted by the alcohol (15% in a warm vintage like 2011) leading to a long finish. This is one of the most consistent crianzas from Ribera del Duero. An impressive 625,000 bottles and 18,000 magnums were produced from the 2011 vintage. Drink now-2019. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #214, August 2014), 92 pts
"(95% tempranillo and 5% cabernet sauvignon; aged in a combination of French and American oak): Bright purple. Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, lavender, woodsmoke and mocha, with a spicy nuance adding lift. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy dark berry and floral pastille flavors that pick up energy with aeration. Closes broad, sweet and very long, with lingering smokiness and velvety, harmonious tannins."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 92 pts
"(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