Pago de la Jaraba Sauvignon Blanc

"Our most challenge wine…. A fresh and intense white wine - low alcohol - from a warm region" —
Pedro del Toro, winemaker
Appellation
La Jaraba D.O.P.
Grape(s)
100% Sauvignon Blanc, limited production of only 6,000 bottles
Altitude/Soil
700+ meters / sand and pebbles, over limestone subsoil
Farming Methods
Traditional methods / Sustainable agriculture
Harvest
Hand harvested into small boxes, as grapes ripen, plot by plot
Production
Gently whole-cluster pressed to maximize varietal character, fermented in stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for a few months on fine lees prior to bottling
Suggested Retail Price
$22
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Pago de la Jaraba Sauvignon Blanc 2017
90 (WRO)
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90 Wine Review Online So, let’s be entirely candid about this: If you were to offer me a Sauvignon Blanc from a warm, sunny climate, and I were not dying of thirst, I would decline your offer. Unless, that is, the wine comes to me as a press sample from Aurelio Cabestrero, the supremely knowledgeable mind behind Grapes of Spain, an importing company to keep up on your wine radar at all times. Well, this wine turns out to be an undeniable success, however surprising that may be to me. It is medium-bodied and shows the weight and breadth one would expect from La Mancha, but not the ripe, melon-y fruit profile nor the alcoholic thump that I had expected. Rather, there’s a clear an herbal and citrus signature to go with a hint of melon character on both the nose and palate, and the wine stays light on its feet through the finish. I handed a glass (without any background info) to my food-savvy wife, who declared, “I like it…and I’d really like it with risotto with lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh spring peas and a little lemon zest.” I include this suggestion without editorial comment, aside from the one caveat that I’m not willing to wait until spring before enjoying this wine again.
Michael Franz - November 2018
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Pago de la Jaraba Sauvignon Blanc 2018
90 (VM) 88 (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media Brilliant straw. Pungent pear, citrus pith and melon scents are accompanied by subtle floral and herb notes. Fresh orchard and pit fruit flavors show good definition and turn weightier on the back half. Delivers bright cut and grip on the finish, which features lingering floral and honey notes. 2021- 2024Brilliant straw. Pungent pear, citrus pith and melon scents are accompanied by subtle floral and herb notes. Fresh orchard and pit fruit flavors show good definition and turn weightier on the back half. Delivers bright cut and grip on the finish, which features lingering floral and honey notes. 2021- 2024
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
88 View from the Cellar The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Pago De La Jaraba is an impressively cool customer, coming in at twelve percent octane and offering up a bright, youthful and vibrant nose of lime, tart apricot, fresh-cut grass, lovely soil tones, gentle smokiness and just a whisper of upper register botanicals. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and gently grassy, with a lovely core, fine cut and grip and a long, complex and tasty finish. This is a lovely, low octane example of the varietal. 2020-2023.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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Pago de la Jaraba Sauvignon Blanc 2019
91 (WRO) 88 (WB)
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91 Wine Review Online This is seriously delicious and impressive Sauvignon from a rather unlikely seeming locale, namely, La Mancha…which is famously warm and sunny. I loved the 2017 edition of this wine, and this one may be even better, so this is no fluke. It is also a little less unlikely on further reflection, as the wine is supremely refreshing, and what could be a more important virtue than that during summer in La Mancha? It is just barely medium-bodied, which makes it very versatile for sipping or partnering with foods at the table, with lots of zesty acidity but also enough substance to work with lots of different dishes. The fruit profile is poised right on the balance point between melon and citrus notes on the Sauvignon spectrum, perhaps tilting just a few degrees in the citrus direction. The substantial flavors and zesty acidity both hold their own in beautiful balance through the finish, which is a sure sign of very wise picking decisions and really solid work in the cellar.
Michael Franz - July 2020
88 Washington Wine Blog This 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine shows straightforward lemon rind and kiwi tones that combine with a good sense of freshness. Drink 2020-2023.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
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Pago de la Jaraba Sauvignon Blanc 2020
89 (VM) 88 (VfC)
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89 Vinous Media Bright straw. Meyer lemon, nectarine, succulent herbs and a gingery nuance on the nose. Silky and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy citrus and pit fruit flavors that show good depth and back-end cut. The herbal quality returns on a tight finish that's sharpened by a late jolt of spiciness. 2021-2024.
Josh Raynolds – July 6, 2021 Central Spain Additions
88 View from the Cellar The 2020 Pago de La Jaraba Blanco is composed entirely of Sauvignon Blanc, which hails from a stony vineyard planted at seven hundred meters, with a subsoil of limestone. The wine is fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks and offers up a bright bouquet of gooseberry, lime peel, chalky soil tones, a touch of fresh-cut grass and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is vibrant, medium-full and bouncy, with good acids and grip, nice mineral undertow and a long, fairly complex finish. This is quite tasty! 2021-2023.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
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