Bodega Pago de Larrea, Caecus Rioja Reserva 2011

Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain

Bodega Pago de Larrea, Caecus Rioja Reserva 2011

Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain



Regular Price: £21.50

Special Price £19.49



Grape Varietes: Tempranillo 100% Wine Style: Oak Aged Reds Winemaker: Luis Larrea Optimum Drinking: 2018-2028 Reviewer Rating: 93 Reviewer: CFW Code: 103071 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Caecus Rioja Reserva 2011 is the estate's top Rioja, which is only made in the finest vintages - a complex, extended oak-aged Rioja style from a 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’.


Refined and concentrated ripe black fruits, floral violet and buddleia aromas with rich spice and savoury notes of leather, chanterelle, chocolate and very deep mineral base. Superb chocolatey and creamy palate with perfectly integrated oak and supple cedary tannins, a deep mineral centre, very long and fresh aromatic development, and intense long fruit and floral elements in the finish.