Origin of the name: this wine is a tribute to the patriarch of the family, César, José Luis Salón’s father (the co-founder and winemaker of Bodegas Pasiego). It was him who transmitted his son the love of the countryside and who taught him the importance of rescuing indigenous varieties and taking care of the old vineyards.
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Syrah 25%, Bobal 20% and Merlot 10%.
Soils: grapes come from 2 plots with different characteristics:
– The Blasca, deep and silty loam soils, with some stoniness that gives freshness to the earth.
– La Laguna, shallow clayey soil.
Altitude: 900 m.
Harvest date: October 2012.
Characteristics: the youngest vineyard, the Merlot, is 14 years old. The Cabernet is 17 years old, the Syrah is 22 and the Bobal, more than 60 years old. All of them aren’t vigorous, as they are not fertilized and tillage operations are restricted. Average yields: 6 000 kg/ ha.
Winemaking: cold pre-fermentation for 3 days. Subsequent fermentation at a controlled temperature of 24ºC during 16 days.
Aging: 12 months in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels.
Tasting notes: deep ripe cherry colour. The wine is dense and the leg is consistent. Complex on the nose, with toasted notes, ripe black fruit, spicy and balsamic notes. The palate is lively, with good acidity, fresh, silky, wide and full bodied. Powerful but noble tannins, fruity and persistent aftertaste.
Food pairing: red meats, roasts, stews, semi-soft and aged cheeses.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Temperature of service: 15-16ºC
Box of 6 bottles