2012 Pago de los Capellanes Reserva Ribera del Duero

SKU #1273531 95 points Wine Spectator

 ***Highly Recommended*** This polished red shows power and grace. Black cherry, currant and licorice flavors are fresh and clean, backed by mineral, loamy earth and espresso notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated, and juicy acidity gives way to a floral finish. Not showy, but harmonious and long. Drink now through 2025. 4,000 cases made. (TM)  (8/2016)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 A selection from estate vineyards near Pedrosa del Duero, this tempranillo feels like a Romanesque cathedral, austere, without many frills, but with that sense of solidity and serenity in its structure. In terms of decor, the aromas are spicy, with a focus on ripe red fruit. You can drink it now with roast leg of lamb, but it would be better to wait five years, as it will surely gain in complexity and charm.  (6/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Aged 14 months in new French oak. Juicy, smooth, polished fruit. Tannin that grips but has smoothed edges. Very smart winemaking. Deserves bottle age to coax out flavour beyond the primary fruit. (RH)  (2/2016)

K&L Notes

Located in Pedrosa de Duero, Pago de los Capellanes is one of the most consistent producers in all of Ribera del Duero. They make very good quality wine, with tasty fruit, bright acidity and nicely balanced oak. 2012 was a good warm and dry vintage in the region, allowing for generous yet classicly structured Ribera del Dueros which should age nicely over time. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5