Cabernet Sauvignon DOP Vino de Pago
Black Fruit, Coffee, Full-Bodied, Intense, Leather, Smooth, Very Long Finish
Dehesa del Carrizal
Spain, Castilla La Mancha
DOP Vino de Pago
Quick Notes from Tom for the 2019 vintage: “Outstanding quality – leather, coffee, graphite, capsicum, soil, blackcurrant, plum, damson, vanilla. Pronounced flavour intensity, smooth/high tannins, full body, high acidity, high abv, well integrated, long finish”
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Cabernet Sauvignon DOP is regarded by many the best Cabernet in Spain. The winery's longest establisehd variety produces a wine as elegant as it is complex. Its more than 25 years old vines together with a late harvest and a perfect ripening produce a wine rich in balsamic notes, spices and minerals.
Its singular character originates in a slow and meticulous production process: long macerations, 15-month aging in French oak barrels and fermentation in wooden vats. It also rests in the bottle, aging for a long time before going on the market.
It is recommended to serve the wine between 15º and 17ºC and to wait calmly for it to speak out. You will find it smooth but powerful on the palate, always leaving a long finish.
Dehesa del Carrizal estate is placed in the middle of the Montes de Toledo, near the Cabañeros National Park, between Tajo and Guadiana basins.
Dehesa del Carrizal is a Vino de Pago, the highest category according to Spanish wine law. It is a DOP (Denominación de Origen Protegida – Protected Designation of Origin) reserved for those few wineries and vineyards which carry out the whole process –from the grape to the bottle– within the limits of the Pago or estate. The unique location, soil and climate are the key to obtaining exceptional wines.
According to the Vineyard and Wine Act 24/2003 of July 10th, a pago is “a rural site with particular edaphic and microclimate characteristics which differentiate it from its environment and where wines of singular features and qualities are obtained. Besides, the grape production, the winemaking and the bottling must take place within the pago strictly following the production rules stated by the specific ministerial decree for each pago”.
It defines the exact production process for each of the wines to be approved by the regional and the national authorities and finally by the European Union. Therefore, the pago has the same rank as the Consejo Regulador or regional governing body.
The whole production takes place in the estate under strict quality control standards. It consists of several stages: harvest, transport, cooling, selection and fermentation. The entire process is carried out with the greatest care so that the grape remains intact, ensuring the quality from the vineyard to the deposit.
After fermentation, our wines are ready to be placed in our stock of French oak barrels. They are made by different coopers and possess different toasting levels according to each wine’s individual requirements. There they rest and continue to take shape.
Barrel storage aims at aromatic finesse and tannin power, our wines’ natural allies. Humidity and temperature conditions are always kept under control. Winter cold favours the precipitation of the more unstable components of the wine, while higher summer temperatures accelerate the chemical reactions and allow for the wine to evolve in softness. Every 3 or 4 months we carry out the decanting: we carefully transfer the wine to a different barrel in order to separate the lees sediment from the clean wine. This way the wine gains a significant limpidity by means of a natural decanting process. At Dehesa del Carrizal, a third of our barrel stock is renewed every year.
The different lots fuse together into something superior to the sum of the components. This will take place after the wine is poured into the barrels. Nevertheless, we think about it ever since we start tasting the lots coming from different allotments. Each variety and/or each allotment contributes its distinctive feature, eventually creating a highly complex and extremely balanced wine.https://www.dehesadelcarrizal.com/en
A wine as elegant as it is complex, Cabernet Sauvignon DOP is regarded by many the best Cabernet in Spain. Its more than 25 years old vines together with a late harvest and a perfect ripening produce a wine rich in balsamic notes, spices and minerals.