The Callejo family owns 60 hectares of low yielding Tempranillo vines (Tinto Fino as it is known in Ribera del Duero) ranging in age from 25-70 years. Felix Callejo uses grapes from its Estate only. The grapes are carefully selected and hand picked into small cases of 30 pounds. Carried in small quantities, there is no danger of having the grape skins break and sparking an undesired premature fermentation. The crates are taken directly to the winery, where they go through two selection tables, the second one selecting grape by grape and discarding any imperfect grapes.
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on current vintage
"Violet cherry color well covered. The nose is complex and very aromatic. Great elegance which include notes of plum, blueberry, blackberry, pepper, thyme, cocoa powder, fine leather, leaves, aromatic woods. The mid-palate is very juicy, large, fresh and of great structure and balance, sensations of red and black fruit, floral, underbrush, cinnamon, nutmeg, pastry notes. Long finish primary, dairy and spicy."
92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez (2011 vintage)
"Ripe and exuberant but without falling in the overripeness trap, there are aromas of black fruit and some earthy sensations, intermixed with spices and faint echoes of smoke. There's also something lactic and it turns more balsamic in contact with air. The palate is full-throttle but in balance with ripe tannins and a slightly bittersweet finish. An XL Ribera. 15,000 bottles."
91/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2011 vintage)
"(aged for 16 months in French oak): Inky ruby. Powerful dark berry and floral scents are complemented by vanilla and allspice. Supple, sweet and expansive, offering spicy blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and hints of vanilla and mocha. Smooth, open-knit and subtly tannic, finishing with excellent clarity, length and lingering vanilla and smoke qualities."
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