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 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) 94 CS (WE)
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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
94 CS The Wine Enthusiast Initially, this big-time Tempranillo from Bodegas San Román smells lactic and chocolaty, with a hint of marshmallow to go with black cherry and blackberry fruit. On the palate, this is rugged and tough, something you can embrace but can’t avoid. Black cherry, cassis and dark plum flavors finish with cocoa notes, and the more air this sees the better it will perform. Drink through 2030.
Cellar Selection - July 2019
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Cartago Paraje de Pozo 2015
96 (WRO) 95 (RP) 95 (VM) 94 (VfC) 93 (WS)
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96 Wine Review Online This is a fantastic release from the uber-talented Garcia family’s outpost in Toro. The richest and most “impressive” of the three vintages of this wine that I’ve been fortunate to taste, it shows a lovely aromatic wisp of woodsmoke, but from somebody’s else’s campfire, not one right under your nose. Scents of ripe fruit are also evident, showing both red and black fruit tones along with suggestions of baking spices. In palate profile, it offers medium-plus body with good density but no sense of heaviness, and much more flavor impact than sheer weight, with no hint at all of over-ripeness from a hot, dry year that could easily have produced that result. Clearly based on extraordinary fruit sourced from an un-grafted single site with vine age of 45+ years, this is on the lavish side in terms of fruit that’s nicely counterbalanced by a well-measured dose of the finest oak, which lends extra grip and complexity. By “well-measured,” I mean more specifically that the proportions of fruit and oak in the wine’s aftertaste are almost identical to when the wine first tips out of the glass and onto one’s tongue. This is a very special wine made to improve for many years, but the fact is that it is already beautiful and easy to enjoy with food.
Michael Franz – Issue: December 1, 2020
95 The Wine Advocate The 2015 Cartago Paraje del Pozo comes from a more opulent vintage and feels quite different from the rest of wines from the García family I tasted next to it. 2015 is a warmer and more tannic vintage. This feels a little more classical, a serious wine designed to develop in bottle, where it should absorb the oak. It had a long élevage of 30 months. It was bottled in July 2018. Drink Date: 2022 - 2034
The García family from Mauro has also started converting their vineyards to biodynamic, a fascinating change, but a normal move after their organic work.
December 2019
95 Vinous Media Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries, cherry cola, vanilla and pungent flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth, broad and sweet on the palate, offering impressively concentrated cherry liqueur and blackberry flavors and subtle hints of mocha, licorice and spicecake. A smoky nuance emerges with air and carries through the extremely long, gently tannic finish, which echoes the floral and vanilla notes. 2023- 2033
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
94 View from the Cellar The 2015 Cartago Paraje de Pozo bottling from Bodegas San Roman is produced from a forty-five year-old vineyard that is farmed biodynamically, planted on franc de pied rootstock, planted to ninety percent tempranillo and the other ten percent being a field blend of other varieties. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged fully three years in a combination of used and new casks; the 2015 vintage comes in at 14.5 percent octane. The bouquet here is deep and excellent, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of black cherries, sweet dark berries, cigar wrapper, a touch of meatiness, beautiful brown spice tones and a refined foundation of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and complex, with great midpalate depth, excellent, salty soil signature, ripe, chewy tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the long, complex and well-balanced finish. This is still a young wine and need at least another decade in the cellar to fully blossom, but it is going to be a stellar bottle in due course. 2031-2080+.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
93 Wine Spectator This red has structure and depth, but remains balanced and approachable. Black cherry and plum flavors mingle with notes of coffee, dried herb and loamy earth. Not showy, but harmonious. Drink now through 2030. 410 cases made, 40 cases imported. — TM
November 2020
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