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Bodega Pago de Larrea, Caecus Rioja Joven 2016

Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain

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Bodega Pago de Larrea, Caecus Rioja Joven 2016

Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain

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£10.99
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£10.99

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Grape Varietes: Tempranillo 90%, Garnacha 10% Wine Style: Fruit-driven Reds Winemaker: Luis Larrea Optimum Drinking: 2018-2020 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: CFW Code: 103069 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Caecus Rioja Joven 2016 is a juicy, unoaked Tempranillo - a wonderfully pure expression of the grape, and a great introduction to this boutique, organic estate, where quality rather than quantity is the maxim.

Bodega Pago de Larrea is a perfectly situated 15.5 hectare vineyard planted in 1980 and privately owned by the Larrea family who were co-founders of Viña Salceda. The vines are protected from harsh winds and rain by a limestone ridge to the north, and border the River Ebro to the south, dividing the Rioja Alavesa from the Rioja Alta.

Owner/winemaker Luis Larrea produces beautifully crafted wines with hands-on contact from the growing of the grapes to the bottling. By contrast the great majority of Rioja from the famous traditional bodegas are made in huge quantities with very little terroir identity. This results in Luis’ wines having an individual character and greater dimension than the big names, while maintaining a distinctively Rioja profile and avoiding the over-extracted ‘international’ style of many new-wave Riojas.

The name Caecus given to the wines derives from the Latin for Elciego meaning ‘the blind man’.

Reviews

Focused ripe black fruits, plum and violet aromas, good depth and density with light mineral note. Fresh balance with an open spread of flavour on the middle palate, and good long intensity behind with fruit enveloping the tannins.