Cartago Paraje de Pozo

"from an ungrafted 45-year-old vineyard...planted on sandy soils, which tend to produce the most elegant wines of the region...The extended élevage has polished the palate and the wine has a sleek texture...A noteworthy debut." —
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Toro D.O.
90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Other grape varieties, from an own-rooted, 45-year-old, single parcel
700+ meters / sandy, loose textured soil over clay sub-soil
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic, incorporating some Biodynamic principles and practices
Hand harvested into small boxes
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation with native microbes, 2 weeks of skin maceration
Aged in new and used French oak barrels for 36 months
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Wine Name
Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2012
95 (VM) 94 (RP)
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95 Vinous Media (malolactic fermentation and three years of aging in new and used French and American oak barrels) Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed scents of ripe red and blue fruits, oak spice and potpourri, enlivened by a smoky mineral nuance. Juicy, seamless and pure, offering deeply concentrated blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors complemented by hints of candied violet and licorice. Strongly echoes the floral and mineral notes on the impressively long, penetrating finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of cola. 2021-2029
94 The Wine Advocate There is a new label from Maurodos, a 'Gran Reserva'-styled red from a single vineyard that will be launched in April 2017, the 2012 Cartago Paraje del Pozo. It is Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) from an ungrafted 45-year-old vineyard with contained ripeness planted on sandy soils, which tend to produce the most elegant wines of the region. It also contains 10% of other more aromatic grapes. It matured in brand new French oak barrels for three years. It certainly has something in common with the 2013 San Román; it shares a slightly wild and rustic profile, with lots of iron notes and an earthy touch. The extended élevage has polished the palate and the wine has a sleek texture. The nose keeps developing in the glass, with spicier notes, aromatic herbs and things that made me think alternatively of Barolo, Bordeaux, or even of a red from Douro sometimes. The wild side definitely showed hints of leather and beef blood, somehow meaty and earthy. A noteworthy debut. 1,900 bottles and 90 magnums were produced in this first vintage. 2017 - 2027
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Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2013
96 (VeV) 95 (RP)
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96 Vivir el Vino An elegant Toro in which its mineral and spicy parts speak for themselves. In the background there is a great density of fruit and toasted reminders of the careful barrel aging. The palate is sweet, sapid, round and balanced. In the mouth the tannin is firm, the acidity correct and ends up leaving a long aftertaste with chocolaty notes.
95 The Wine Advocate Despite the challenging conditions of the year, they also produced a 2013 Cartago Paraje del Pozo, which is a very fresh year for Toro. It has aromas of tar and licorice, a bit wild, with power and good freshness. It has abundant, fine grained tannins. This is a vin de garde, with structure and tannins, from a cool vineyard in a cool vintage, very apt to lie down in your cellar. It has already developed some complexity, notes of tea leaves, dark chocolate, meat and underbrush. Some 3,800 bottles produced.
August 2018 - Issue 238
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Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2014
95+ (RP)
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95+ The Wine Advocate The gran reserva style, single-vineyard 2014 Cartago Paraje del Pozo comes from a 45-year-old plot on very poor soils that, like all old vineyards, has a majority of the dominant red Tinta de Toro but has around 10% of other varieties that add complexity. This wine has an extended aging of some three years in oak barrels, and it's released one year after its bottling. 2014 is a very complete and balanced year, which has produced a concentrated and powerful Cartago, with plenty of tannins, quite tight and austere, in need to develop further complexity in bottle and to tame the tannins. It slowly opens up in the glass, showing spicier and more complex and nuanced with time and air. This could be a better wine than the 2013 in the long run. 3,900 bottles were filled in July 2017.
August 2018 - Issue 238
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