Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Pago del Cielo – Familia Torres
Celeste Crianza 2016
Ribera del Duero, Spain
This nectar comes from Ribera del Duero region, with the vineyard located at 895m asl. The altitude, ensuring cool night time along the entire year, helps to retain acidity and fresh fruit flavours in the grapes. It is a 100% Tempranillo, the tick skinned grape dominant in the region. After the harvest, the grapes are crushed and the skin contact process lasts 15-20 days allowing the extraction of colour and tannin. The next step is the fermentation in stainless sell tank under controlled temperature. A high percentage of the wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation in new barrels. The fermentation lasts approximately a week at 25-30 °C. Then the divine juice ages for 12 months in French and American oak (20% new barrels), and other 12 months in bottle before the release. By law, a wine to be labelled as Crianza has to undergo an ageing period of at least 24 months, of which at least six months must be spent bottle ageing. Salud!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium. Even after swirling the glass, the wine is still quite close and austere. There are hints of black fruits and a bit of pepper. As secondary aromas, I can smell the vanilla and the cedar. As tertiaries, we have a light hint of forest floor. A bit disappointed!
In the mouth, it is totally a different wine. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the finish is long. The black fruit is richer; there are also some balsamic notes. As secondary aromas, now I can taste also cloves, charred wood and some resinous notes. The tertiaries range widens, there are aromas of game, tobacco, vegetal and savoury. The wine is dry, with medium high acidity and tannins. The alcohol is high (14%), and if you are drinking without eating, you can feel the heat wave.
The wine is well made: balanced, a bit complex and a notable flavour intensity and lasting. But it is boring. It doesn’t evolve; it is a bit obvious. It is the classical party wine: cheap and doesn’t hurt anybody. I would not recommend as vino da meditazione, unless you are looking for another reason to show yourself that your life is dull!