2012 Pago de los Capellanes Reserva Ribera del Duero
***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)
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.
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)
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)