The grapes to produce the Selección La Aguilera Dominio de Cair are harvested into 9kg crates, double sorting at the selection table after a cluster sorting in the vineyard. Manual selection of individual grapes the grapes are de stemmed and crushed before the alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel. After its primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation takes place in vats. The wine spends 14 months in French and American oak, first, second and third use barrels to avoid overwhelming the wonderful fruit. It later spends at least 12 months in the bottle to round-out its ageing.
After a long search to find the right terroir and vineyards, Juan Luis settled on La Aguilera, a small hamlet in the northern part of the DO, rich in old vines planted in calcareous-clay, sandy and gravel rich soils at an altitude of 800-950 meters above sea level. Focused on quality rather than quantity, Dominio de Cair applies a balanced and rational viticulture in its 110 hectares of controlled and/or owned vineyards, based on a maximum respect for the environment with yield controls and modern facilities in order to obtain great wines that express the essence of the terroir where they originate. Plucked from 45 year old vines from the sandy loam clay soils near La Aguilera.
The name Cair is an amalgamation of the first two letters of two great friends’ surnames, Juan Luis Cañas and Juan José Iribecampos. After searching high and low for the perfect site they settled on the heights of Ribera del Duero, where in poor soils they found old, gnarly Tempranillo bush vines. Cair wines display the hallmark style of finesse and power, found in both Luis Canas and Bodegas Amaren in Rioja. Great balance between the fruit and the oak has seen these wines winning the IWC Ribera del Duero Trophy on occasion. Located by the town of Aguilera, Juan Luis and Juan José spent years searching out the perfect vineyard sites and have struck gold with low yielding gnarly old vines planted on very poor soils at 800-900m above sea level. Currently holding 70 hectares, they are constantly on the look out for the right plots. Only the highest quality grapes are harvested each year with rigorous selection taking place in the vineyards prior to grapes being hand picked and passed through two sorting tables. The meticulous care and attention to detail are evident in these wines, which display both the power and finesse evident in the top wines of Ribera.