Pago Florentino, 2013 Tempranillo!Bodegas Arzuaga
The 2013 Pago Florentino is quickly becoming a sought after legend!!!
After tasting this vintage we purchased the entire vintage. This is as close to the 2005 vintage that made us fall in love with Spain years ago. 100% Tempranillo (called Cencibel in the region), cold macerated, and spends 10-15 months in new American and French oak. The 58 hectare estate, known as La Solana, is located at high elevations in the municipality of Malagon, in the province of Ciudad Real or Castile La Mancha. The term "Pago" denotes the quality level and consistency that the requirement of "everything at the bodega" brings. From grape to labeling, all is done onsite at La Solana.
Style: Red Wine.
Region: D.O. La Mancha.
Varieties: Tempranillo (Cencibel).
Elaboration: The grapes are picked and sorted then kept very cold during maceration in order to extract as much color and flavor from the grape skins. A long fermentation is controlled again to continue extraction of flavors.
Aging: 12-15 months of new French and American oak barrels.
Tasting notes: 2013 is fantastic! Drinking perfect now! A toasted pistachio, BBQ and spice nose. A big ripe stone fruit up front mixed with smokey ash and that Pago signature character trait of bacon fat that is unlike anything else you will drink! Good, balanced tannins that make this wine work with so many dishes. Bring a bottle to a blind tasting party and watch how it always finds it's way to the top. It's so much different that it shocks many first time drinkers.
Food pairing suggestions: Although we often drink it alone, we have found that Pago is friends with just about any food, from your favorite Manchego to something more spicy from the far east! Plain and simple, this is the most food-friendly wine we have had (and we have had a lot!).
As a little side note: This wine is so clean and free of "stuff" it really doesn't leave even the slightest headache the day after drinking a bottle!
Note: All purchases of alcoholic beverages must be made by persons over the age of 21.