JARABA CRIANZA 2017 BY PAGO DE LA JARABA
There’s so much great wine coming out of Spain right now it’s hard to keep up. Luckily, we have a network of winemakers unearthing incredible discoveries like Jaraba Crianza 2017 by Pago De La Jaraba.
Pago de La Jaraba is a family owned winery built in the mid-1700s located in the limestone plateaus of La Mancha. They join a generation of innovative wineries which are quietly transforming the Spanish wine scene, delivering superb wines at a great value.
Despite its shockingly low price, “Jaraba Crianza” is among the most complete Tempranillos out there. Aged for 12 months in barrel, then another 3 years in bottle, this red shines with classic Spanish flair and a supremely layered palate that leaves its quaint $18 price tag far behind. Let’s put it this way: there are countless more expensive wines from the region I wished tasted like this!
We’ve been waiting a while for this wine to finally land on our shores. If you love brilliantly crafted wines that consistently rank among the best values in their respective categories, this wine will floor you!
It’s rich enough to slice through anything hearty. From pan-seared steak and marrow to a down right delicious Osso Buco.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“Excellent period, and amazing for the price.”
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, March 2021
JARABA CRIANZA 2017 BY PAGO DE LA JARABA: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / warm and spicy, earthy, floral, fruity, mineral / Oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
TASTING NOTE / “This is among the most complex wines I’ve tasted in this price range. This shows just enough oak influence to provide some spice notes and firm up the finish with a little grip, yet the wine is definitely not overtly oaky (as the legal term “Crianza” might make you fear, based on the style of many inexpensive Rioja wines). The eight-month span in oak barrels actually seems to have had more influence due to oxygen interchange than outright wood flavouring, which suits me just fine. Though there’s less annoying oak in this than comparably-priced Rioja, that’s partly because the wine has more body and fruit, thanks to a warmer climate and 10% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent period, and amazing for the price.”
A LITTLE HISTORY
Pago de La Jaraba is a family owned winery built at the heart of La Mancha. They join a generation of innovative wineries which are quietly transforming the Spanish wine scene, delivering superb wines at a great value.
There is a long history of notable regard for wines grown on the estate back to the mid-1700’s. Keys to the quality of the fruit production include abundant, subterranean water, a relatively cool meso-climate which is protected from hot winds located at 2000 feet of elevation. They follow organic, sustainable methods, selecting species and varieties that are well suited to the site and to the conditions on the soil; so in addition to 80 hectares of vineyards they also grow cereal crops (wheat and barley) as well as sunflowers, almond, pistachio and olive trees.
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