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Pago de los Capellanes

Website : www.pagodeloscapellanes.com

For all its reputation as a rising star on the Spanish scene over the past decade or two, the landscape of Ribera del Duero is suffused in centuries of wine heritage – from gnarled Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines of venerable age to the labyrinthine wine cellars that wind beneath the streets of the town of Aranda de Duero.

Pago de los Capellanes has a recently expanded vineyard and a stunning modern winery, but the name itself shares its long history, dating back to the 14th century, when the God-fearing populace of nearby Pedrosa de Duero donated parcels of land to the local chaplains in recognition of their religious administrations.

The Church lost the land centuries ago, but the name lingers on in the five-strong line-up of wines crafted by oenologist Paco Casas. It’s proof that great wines can have a straightforward philosophy: a Joven, Crianza and Reserva, plus two single parcel wines, all 100% Tinto Fino.

Beneath this apparent simplicity, however, lies a ceaseless quest for improvement, exemplified by an experimental approach to maturation, with Casas trying out as many as 22 different types of French oak, seasoned for anything from two to five years and using varying levels of toasting.

The winery has been expanded, but here too there is respect for the past: from the outset, the architecture has been deliberately designed to showcase the remarkable 800-year-old walnut trees at the buildings’ centre.

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2006 El Picon, Pago de los Capellanes

    A deep, dark cherry-coloured with extraordinary intensity and complexity. Blackberries and floral notes are detected first on the nose. The fruit is well-integrated with the wood, displaying spicy aromas from the French oak; cinnamon, leather, tobacco, truffle and black liquorice. Sweet, smooth tannins coat the palate and the mouth is full-bodied and persistant with an array of complex flavours.

  2. 2009 El Nogal, Pago de los Capellanes

    A serious, multi-faceted wine with a long life ahead. Floral aromas and fresh black fruit fills the nose followed by a complex palate of vanilla, cocoa, toasted coffee and new leather displaying a fine balance of oak and fruit. Superb length with lasting notes of spice, tobacco, sandalwood and liquorice.

  3. 2009 El Picon, Pago de los Capellanes

    A deep, dark cherry-coloured with extraordinary intensity and complexity. Blackberries and floral notes are detected first on the nose. The fruit is well-integrated with the wood, displaying spicy aromas from the French oak; cinnamon, leather, tobacco, truffle and black liquorice. Sweet, smooth tannins coat the palate and the mouth is full-bodied and persistant with an array of complex flavours.

  4. 2010 Crianza, Pago de los Capellanes

    The nose is intense with a pleasant balance of wood and fruit which notes of vanilla, ripened cherries and plums. Secondary aromas of leather and liquorice are also present. The texture in the mouth is smooth with balanced flavours echoing the nose. The tannins are fine and the finish is long and elegant. This wine will keep for some time.

  5. 2010 Crianza, Pago de los Capellanes

    The nose is intense with a pleasant balance of wood and fruit which notes of vanilla, ripened cherries and plums. Secondary aromas of leather and liquorice are also present. The texture in the mouth is smooth with balanced flavours echoing the nose. The tannins are fine and the finish is long and elegant. This wine will keep for some time.

  6. 2013 Roble, Pago de los Capellanes

    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.

  7. 2011 Reserva, Pago de los Capellanes

    The nose has a fine complexity with tones of ripened fruit such as cherry, cassis and plum all harmonised by the wood and spice character (vanilla and cocoa) with undercurrents of liquorice. The palate displays great balance with glossy, mature tannins and elegant fruit character that echoes the nose. The finish is long and elegant.

  8. 2011 Crianza, Pago de los Capellanes

    The nose is intense with a pleasant balance of wood and fruit which notes of vanilla, ripened cherries and plums. Secondary aromas of leather and liquorice are also present. The texture in the mouth is smooth with balanced flavours echoing the nose. The tannins are fine and the finish is long and elegant. This wine will keep for some time.

  9. 2010 El Nogal, Pago de los Capellanes

    A serious, multi-faceted wine with a long life ahead. Floral aromas and fresh black fruit fills the nose followed by a complex palate of vanilla, cocoa, toasted coffee and new leather displaying a fine balance of oak and fruit. Superb length with lasting notes of spice, tobacco, sandalwood and liquorice.

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