The wine is a bright, cherry red with intense floral and red forest fruit aromas on the nose with subtle hints of vanilla from the brief exposure to oak. The palate has a full and velvety texture with plenty of elegant red forest fruit and very good length.
Pago de los Capellanes was founded by the Rodero-Villa family in 1996. The 272-acre vineyard in the heart of Ribera del Duero is planted primarily to Tempranillo with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. Pago de los Capellanes produces a range of estate-bottled wines ranging from juicy, barely oaked reds to this age-worthy Reserva.
The vineyards where the grapes come form are Pago de los Capellanes and Pedrosa de Duero and vines are planted on clayey and chalky soil. After carefully monitoring the vineyards, we determine the date of the harvest based on the maturity of the grapes. The varieties are collected and fermented separately in 20,000 litre tanks.
After a brief period of chilled pre-fermentation, spontaneous fermentation is initiated without adding yeast. During the 22 days fermentation period, the wine is pumped over and stirred daily to control extraction, density, temperature and evolution of the yeast. After fermentation, the wine then undergoes malolactic fermentation. A temperature of 20ºC is maintained for a period of 24 days. The wine is separated from the lees and transferred directly into oak barrels without undergoing filtration, fining or cold treatment. The wine is briefly aged for 5 months in new French Oak barrels.
Pair with grilled beef or duck breast with green peppercorns.