Pago Calzadilla is one of Spain's estate-specific Vinos de Pago. It occupies a special area of land
known for consistently producing distinctive wine of high quality. It is located just outside Huete,
a village in the Cuenca province of Castilla-La Mancha.The estate is family owned and operated,
and specializes in red wines.
When the vineyard was first planted in 1980, Spanish natives Tempranillo and Garnacha were
planted, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1992, Syrah was added. The grapes are selected and
picked by hand, then cooled before being vinified in the bodega (winery) onsite. No filtration or
stabilization is done to the wines, & all aging is carried out onsite using a combination of American
and French oak barrels, and wines spend up to 4 years in the bottle.
Pago Calzadilla produces four red wines, three of which are blends. The other is a varietal Syrah.
The estate's flagship is the Gran Calzadilla, which is made from the oldest vines.
Dehesa del Carrizal
Born in 1987 with the planting of 8 acres of Cabernet-Sauvignon vines, Dehesa del Carrizal's
first 8 acres have today become 28, where next to Cabernet-Sauvignon now grow Syrah,
Merlot, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay, all of them in the surroundings of the winery.
In 2006 Dehesa del Carrizal was recognized with its own Denominación de Origen de Pago, a mere
30 years after its first vines were planted. Cabernet Sauvignon remains the estate's best-known
wine, along with its Coleccion Privada blend.
The estate uses a combination of French and American oak (it favours French barrels), aging its
Coleccion Privada and varietal Cabernet Sauvignon for around 18 months before bottling. Wines
from Dehesa del Carrizal are typically full, well rounded, textured and long lasting.
Vino de Pago
Vino de Pago Tempranillo 60%, Garnacha 20%, Syrah 20% Manually harvested. Cold maceration for 3-5 days in tanks, then aged in French & American oak for 12-months. Dark cherry colour, very intense. Aromas of raspberry and cherries. Spicy hints of cloves, nutmeg and white pepper. Well-polished tannins, and precise balance between fruit and wood.
Vino de Pago Tempranillo 60%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 20%, Syrah 10%, Garnacha 10% Aged in French & American oak minimum 12 months. Dark cherry colour. Aromas of ripe cherry, gooseberry and light-flesh fruits like pears. Balsamic hints on the nose & characteristic hints of tobacco, liquorice and vanilla. Fruity on the palate from start to finish. Well-rounded, balanced, with a good acidity that ensures it will evolve well over time. Long, expressive aftertaste.
Vino de Pago Syrah 100% Aged in French oak, minimum 12 months. Medium intensity dark cherry colour. Penetrating fruitiness (blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry) and floral reminiscences. Pepper, cinnamon and cocoa aromas. Unctuous sensation on the palate and fine mid-palate. Well-construed tannins, silky, fresh and with a delicious aftertaste.
Vino de Pago Tempranillo 70% & Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Aged in American oak, more than 12 months, then 4 years in bottle. Cherry red with attractive veil. Complex nose with intense raspberry and blackcurrant aromas. Hints of graphite and liquorice on a spicy background. On the palate it is unctuous, powerful, with well-polished tannins, balanced and elegant. A finish full of sensations.
Syrah, Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. 8-months in French oak, then 18 months in bottle. The youngest child of the family, as they keep the four red grapes with the most fruit, away from the powerful tannins reserved for aging wines. Ripened fruit with notes of woodlands, sweetness and complexity, light woody notes, well rounded and smooth
100% Cabernet Sauvignon Considered one of best Cabernets from Spain. 20 months in French oak barrels, then 18 months in bottle. Production is a slow process with long macerations, aged for 18 months alternating between new and four-year-old French oak barrels. It is a very complex wine, with aromas of woodlands, spices and minerals. Smooth but spirited in palate. It is difficult to find such an elegant and complex Cabernet in Spain. It can improve well for 10, 15, 20 years.
100% Syrah 12-months in French oak, then 18 months in bottle. One of the first examples of this varietal in Spain. Fermentation happens at 24ºC, with maceration taking two weeks. Wine is aged in French oak barrels. The roundness stage is done in bottle for 18 months. The colour is an exceptional cherry-red & purple. Nose of intense ripened fruit & notes of savoury & black olive. Palate is full, tasty, intense ripe tannins that arrive with finesse, & a smooth finish.
Syrah, Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. 18-months in French oak,18 months in bottle. Their Signature wine, the pinnacle of everything they do from viticulture to wine-making. Each varietal is aged in special new French oak barrels. Aging begins individually, varietal barrels are kept to improve the first mix. At each tasting the search for complete equilibrium continues. Large, powerful & full of personality. Long, complex, dark chocolate, ripe fruit, toffee & toast.
Vino de Pago estates must be small, have unique characteristics, in both its soil & micro-climate, whilst distinguishing and differentiating it from surrounding sites, and whose vineyards produce wines with distinctive and singular qualities, much like the Grand Cru's of France.
The Pago DO (part of Spanish wine law since 2003) has been widely lauded as Spain’s grand cru: premium single-estate wines. For an estate to receive Pago status, it must make wine only from grapes grown at the estate, which in turn must be fermented and bottled at the estate’s winery. Furthermore, the owners have to demonstrate that the estate has the right terroir and climate to produce quality wines; they must have ISO 9001 quality assurance and have a proven track record of producing quality wines with an international reputation.
There are currently only 13 Pagos in Spain, and Barrica Wines is proud to be associated with two of them....