(Pago de Carraovejas)
Much has happened since José María Ruiz, a restless young man from Segovia, represented Spain in the First International Sommeliers Competition in Milan, which was where his desire to launch his own eatery was first born and was years later followed by an aspiration to create his own wine for serving at the legendary José María restaurant in Segovia. His fixation on the Ribera region led him to the heart of Penafiel where, in 1987, in the laderas of Carraovejas, the bodega was born which combines the region’s quality grapes with modern production techniques and utmost respect for the raw material. 25 years later, the 60 hectares of vines, lovingly tended on the mythical slopes, have turned Pago de Carraovejas into an iconic Ribera del Duero wine.
Crimson red hue with violet highlights. Very bright and alluring.
Very intense. Surprisingly dairy-like. Hints of red fruit. Quite distinct toasty notes.
Fine, without being big. Elegant and fruity. Very distinct hints of earth with a slightly bitter and very long finish.
Anejón 2009 was created to commemorate the anniversary of the Bodega and dazzle the world with a very good vintage and an excellent representation of the quintessence of the Ribera del Duero. The company’s hallmark blend, which is predominantly the Tinta Fina native grape variety with brush strokes of Cabernet Sauvignon and splashes of Merlot, turn this terrace-grown estate wine into a winning horse that doesn’t disappoint the expectations of this modern bodega’s faithful followers. Anejón has been aged for twelve months in French oak barrels and is deliciously fruity, fine on the palate and essentially earthy. A very limited production wine that, I think we can all definitely agree, will go very well with a delicious roast Segovian suckling pig.