Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2012

Region: Toro D.O.

Grapes: 90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Other grape varieties
Vintage: 2012
Color: Red

This is the first release of long-aged, single-vineyard wine from Bodega Maurodos. The vineyard is sited in a specific bend of the Duero river and offers fruit from 45 year old vines planted at 700 m elevation in very sandy soils with clay sub-soils. This site was selected to be bottled by itself due to its more fineness of aromas and delicate structure.
All of the grapes were hand harvested, completely destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation with native microbes. The skins saw a two week maceration. Following malo-lactic conversion the wine was aged in new and used French oak barrels for 36 months.


Publication Score Comments
Vinous 95 (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
Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
The Wine Advocate 94 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
Issue 229
March 1, 2017