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October 21, 2014
THE BEST IS YET TO COME? THE BEST IS HERE!

Pago de los Capellanes has about as long a history here at Winex as it has anywhere in the U.S. We bought the first vintage more than a decade ago when it was presented to us by a tiny, new Spanish wine importer called Antalva. When you've been doing this as long as we have, you run across wines that clearly plays on another level. That's how we felt when we first tasted these Ribera del Dueros. Impressive terroir, ample, and fleshy on the palate . . . this was a Spanish wine that could play to both "New World" and "Old World" audiences alike.

These wines sold extremely well for us long before the general market had even heard of it. Their 2001 Crianza was the first wine that got the attention of Wine Spectator with 93 points and a $26 price point. That review put the wine in front of a whole new audience. Both the Crianza and the Reserva have received many great touts since that time, like the pair we are offering today.

In our minds, the 2010 Pago de los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Crianza is the best example of this wine we can recall. The notes from both International Wine Cellar and Wine Spectator are surprisingly consistent in their enthusiasm for this 2010 bottling.

Keep in mind that both reviews were rendered in late 2013 (almost a year ago), so we can't imagine how wound up the wine was back then since it is still big and somewhat coiled now. Our suggestion is to view those dual 91 points as a minimum as we would score it higher (if we scored things at all).

The write-up from International Wine Cellar's Josh Raynolds tell the story: "Glass-staining ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry and incense scents are enlivened by cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Rich and fresh on the palate, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors complicated by vanilla, mocha and candied rose. Showing its oak today, which is no surprise given its youth. Finishes sweet, spicy and long, with a touch of smokiness."

This is a blockbuster wine for us that rivals the breakout 2001 vintage, and will ultimately be even better. You'd be hard-pressed to find something more expressive and compelling at this kind of price. In addition, the 2009 Pago de los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Reserva is a more deluxe model of the same wine. Both are made from 100% Tempranillo aged in 100% new French oak (the Crianza for 12 months and the Reserva for 18 months). Good hunting.

PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES 2010 CRIANZA RIBERA DEL DUERO
score: IWC 91+
WS 91

add to cart $28.99   add a case $347.88

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry and incense scents are enlivened by cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Rich and fresh on the palate, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors complicated by vanilla, mocha and candied rose. Showing its oak today, which is no surprise given its youth. Finishes sweet, spicy and long, with a touch of smokiness."
PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES 2009 RESERVA RIBERA DEL DUERO
score: WS 92

add to cart $41.99   add a case $503.88

Thomas Matthews writes in Wine Spectator: "This polished red shows harmonious flavors of plum, licorice, smoke and mineral, with juicy acidity and well-integrated tannins providing a solid structure. Not muscular, but intense. Drink now through 2020. 2,250 cases made." read more
 

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