Cartago Paraje de Pozo

"from an ungrafted 45-year-old vineyard...planted on sandy soils, which tend to produce the most elegant wines of the region...The extended élevage has polished the palate and the wine has a sleek texture...A noteworthy debut." —
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Toro D.O.
90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Other grape varieties, from an own-rooted, 45-year-old, single parcel
700+ meters / sandy, loose textured soil over clay sub-soil
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic, incorporating some Biodynamic principles and practices
Hand harvested into small boxes
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation with native microbes, 2 weeks of skin maceration
Aged in new and used French oak barrels for 36 months
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Wine Name
Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2013
96 (VeV) 95 (RP)
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96 Vivir el Vino An elegant Toro in which its mineral and spicy parts speak for themselves. In the background there is a great density of fruit and toasted reminders of the careful barrel aging. The palate is sweet, sapid, round and balanced. In the mouth the tannin is firm, the acidity correct and ends up leaving a long aftertaste with chocolaty notes.
95 The Wine Advocate Despite the challenging conditions of the year, they also produced a 2013 Cartago Paraje del Pozo, which is a very fresh year for Toro. It has aromas of tar and licorice, a bit wild, with power and good freshness. It has abundant, fine grained tannins. This is a vin de garde, with structure and tannins, from a cool vineyard in a cool vintage, very apt to lie down in your cellar. It has already developed some complexity, notes of tea leaves, dark chocolate, meat and underbrush. Some 3,800 bottles produced.
August 2018 - Issue 238
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Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2014
95+ (RP) 94 CS (WE)
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95+ The Wine Advocate The gran reserva style, single-vineyard 2014 Cartago Paraje del Pozo comes from a 45-year-old plot on very poor soils that, like all old vineyards, has a majority of the dominant red Tinta de Toro but has around 10% of other varieties that add complexity. This wine has an extended aging of some three years in oak barrels, and it's released one year after its bottling. 2014 is a very complete and balanced year, which has produced a concentrated and powerful Cartago, with plenty of tannins, quite tight and austere, in need to develop further complexity in bottle and to tame the tannins. It slowly opens up in the glass, showing spicier and more complex and nuanced with time and air. This could be a better wine than the 2013 in the long run. 3,900 bottles were filled in July 2017.
August 2018 - Issue 238
94 CS The Wine Enthusiast Initially, this big-time Tempranillo from Bodegas San Román smells lactic and chocolaty, with a hint of marshmallow to go with black cherry and blackberry fruit. On the palate, this is rugged and tough, something you can embrace but can’t avoid. Black cherry, cassis and dark plum flavors finish with cocoa notes, and the more air this sees the better it will perform. Drink through 2030.
Cellar Selection - July 2019
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