This high-end Spanish red wine was produced by the Pago de los Capellanes winery, one of the most prestigious in Ribera del Duero.
Interestingly, Pago de los Capellanes El Nogal is produced from a 6-hectare vineyard planted with vines sorted from a massal selection of the best plants used to craft Finca El Picón, the winery's flagship wine.
The plot has a clay-limestone soil that brings a particular finesse and minerality to the wine. Moreover, yields are quite low.
This reserve red wine from Ribera del Duero is a single varietal Tinta Fina (Tempranillo). The grapes were harvested by hand, macerated for 7 days and then fermented in new French cone-shaped vats using indigenous yeasts.
After that, Pago de los Capellanes 2015 from Ribera del Duero completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels from different origins. During that period, the wine was racked four times.
It was not filtered, clarified or stabilized before its bottling.
Decant this wine from the Pago de los Capellanes winery at least a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.
This wine in only produced in exceptional vintages.
The red wine Pago de los Capellanes Finca El Nogal has a clean, high, purple-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
This varietal Tempranillo shows complex notes of fresh fruit, wild berries, red and blue flowers and sweet spices, delicately nuanced by remembrances of vanille, cedar, cinnamon, Moroccan leather, toast and smoke. On the background El Nogal from Pago de los Capellanes suggests some enticing mineral suggestions, with hints of tobacco, liquorice and sandalwood.
Bold and sophisticated, but still tight, with plenty of room for growth, this wine from Pago de los Capellanes exhibits a judiciously bridled power, with velvety tannins and a crisp, solid acidity. Spices, menthol, wild berries, deep mineral notes, and intimations of underbush and flowers. Long finish with some toasted and smokey remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
One of Ribera del Duero's great wines, Pago de los Capellanes el Nogal 2015 is elegant, complex and age-worthy. Quite an experience.
Pago de los Capellanes El Nogal 2014:
Enterwine 95. Peñín 94. Tim Atkin 93. Parker 90.
Pago de los Capellanes El Nogal 2012:
Enterwine 96. Peñín 94. Wine Spectator 93.
Pago de los Capellanes El Nogal 2011:
Peñín 93. Enterwine 95.
Pago de los Capellanes el Nogal 2010:
Parker 90. Peñín 94.
Pago de los Capellanes 2009:
|D.O.||Ribera del Duero|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Alone, Birds, Bull meat, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
An expensive wine indeed, but worth the buy. After a long aeration it began to unfurl, and it was amazing. The fruit, the depth, the impression of terroir. All in all, I think this wine should be aged for some years, because it is only beginning to fulfill its potential.