Viña Sastre

Pago de Santa Cruz Gran Reserva

Ribera del Duero 2015

Vina Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz Gran Reserva
Vina Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz Label

Viña Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero 2015

Viña Sastre is an iconic, family-run winery located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, near Burgos in the town of La Horra, one of the most respected villages in the D.O. La Horra is famous for making the powerful, distinctively structured reds from old-vine tempranillo, grown near the Duero river. Jesús Sastre is a farmer and winemaker producing some of Spain’s most compelling, honest, and collectible wines. He is committed to organic farming and biodynamic principles, making the wines naturally in the vineyard, and after long aging in barrel, bottling without fining or filtration. 

Sastre’s wines are classic Ribera del Duero style, with one foot solidly planted in the tradition and vineyards of the region and the other firmly in world-class winemaking. These are big, powerful reds with lots of fruit, but they also have elevated freshness from their naturally high acidity and long, gently textured palates. Jesús Sastre walks the tightrope with his wines, where the drinker can have everything in one wine, and at the end of it, all one is left wondering is how he is able to pack such an adventure into each bottle. He manages to achieve a level of sophistication and complexity unequaled by almost any other producer in Ribera del Duero.

Viña Sastre’s premier vineyard is the Pago de Santa Cruz, one of the most famous grand cru vineyards in Ribera del Duero. With vineyards sitting at 840 meters elevation, this incredibly ageable wine is produced from bush-trained tempranillo vines in excess of 80 years old, planted in deep calcareous soil. Sastre Gran Reserva is aged at least one year beyond the five required, being released with a minimum of six years of aging. This dedication to quality and a style of wine that is almost extinct is another defining characteristic of the exceptional vision of Jesús Sastre. An average of 500 cases are produced in only the best years, and it is one of the great wines of Spain for extended cellar aging.

Vinification – Whole clusters are selected in the vineyard and placed in small crates. After a gentle destemming and crushing, the must is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then moved into one-to-three-year-old oak (65% French and 35% American) barrels ranging in size from 225L to 1000L and aged for 30 months. It’s then held in bottle at the winery until deemed ready to release, usually after around another 30 months.

  • Site: Pago de Santa Cruz, La Horra at 840m

  • Grapes: Tempranillo

  • Vine Age: Vines planted in 1946

  • Soil: Clay calcareous

  • Vinification: Fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel

  • Aging: 30 months in one to three-year-old French and American oak barrels, 30 months in bottle

  • Farming: Practicing Organic, Practicing Biodynamic

  • Vegan: Yes

  • Suggested Retail: $155.00 (750mL) / $294.00 (1.5L)