Bodegas Félix Callejo is located in Sotillo de la Ribera, at the heart of the “Ribera del Duero” Denomination of Origin. From its birth in 1989 as an answer to a long family tradition, the venture has thrived thanks to the enthusiasm and drive which the Callejo family has dedicated to it. To achieve the desired result, they sought collaboration and help from only the best specialists, and this is how they have built their new cellar equipped with the most modern technology that distinguishes its style. From this moment, the Callejo family has been dedicated to producing and ageing some of the best wines.
Since the first harvest - Tinto Callejo 1989 – the Callejo wines have merited a presence on the world stage. Since 1993 all of this effort has been rewarded, not only in the commercial environment, but also in the favourable opinion of wine professionals. Callejo has won numerous national and international awards.
Vinedos Familia is the Callejo family's flagship wine produced from the best grapes of the estate - dry farmed and managed organically with yields of less than two tonnes per acre. The picture shows Félix Callejo, founder of the winery.
Opaque in colour, it is aged in new French oak
This wine has great life and boldness. It evokes the passion for the Tempanillo grape, the same passion our grandfather passed on to our father, Félix Callejo, and which he in turn transmits to us each day.
This wine offers aromas of black fruit, violets, cracked pepper and tarragon. It is dense and layered, with a soft velvet texture and firm, ripe tannins. A tremendous wine.
The vineyard is located at the highest point of Sotillo de la Ribera,“el páramo”, on a ridge at 930 metres altitude, overlooking the Duero river valley surrounded by common oak and holm trees. It is situated amidst a unique and changing terrain in which limestone mother-rock emerges at the soils surface in the form of small stone fragments.
Harvest took place at the beginning of October and the crop was in a perfect state of health. This vintage has been classified “Excellent” by the Ribera del Duero control board.
Lively, deep dense red colour with delicate aromas of wild forest flowers. Ripe tropical fruit characters. Mineral touches come through against a backdrop of spicy and smoky notes. Hints of just picked grapes on the palate along with fresh tannins. In the mouth it is full with a long lingering finish.
Bodegas Callejo has rolled out some major rebranding of late and it's great to report that the new labels finally do justice to the quality in their bottles. The 'Flores de Callejo' replaces the previously name '6 Meses' and it's a much more apt name and label for the budding flower in the Callejo stable. From the 'muy excellente' 2010 vintage the inaugural Flores is as juicy and vivacious and terroir-branded as Tempranillo at this price point can get. As you can read below, the winemaking is remarkably artisanal for a 10,000 case bottling.
All the fruit is hand-picked and transferred to the cellars in small crates, followed by a careful sorting of bunches and berries on a double sorting table. The bunches were de-stemmed and the berries put into fermentation vats whole, without crushing, and left for a cold soak at 10ºC. The alcoholic fermentation started naturally with the skins' indigenous yeasts around the fifth day in vat. After the alcoholic fermentation had finished, the skins were left in contact with the new wine for 3 days. The wine was then run off into another vat for the malo-lactic fermentation.
Intense cherry colour, The nose is very aromatic with plenty of wild red and black fruits. Notes of licorice and coffee are also expressed. Ripe tannins on the palate are matched with a mouth cleansing acidity and layers of ripe black fruits.
The vineyard consists of very light sandy limestone soils. The grapes were selected from the lower yielding plots for their potential to reach optimum levels of ripeness and to produce long-ageing wines for the Gran Callejo.
Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts at low temperatures. Malo-lactic fermentation in second-fill French oak barrels followed by a further 24 months in barrels. Matured in the winery for a further 5 years in the bottle. This is considered to be one of the best wines of Ribera Del Duero, thanks to the excellent quality and health of the grapes when picked
Ruby cherry in colour. Motes of ripe fruit, minerals, herbs, white pepper and cocoa on the nose. The taste is fresh with sensations of red fruit, balsamic and cocoa berry.
The vineyard consists of very light boulder limestone soils. The grapes are picked from various plots, selected for the ideal ripening for this wine.
Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts at low temperatures. Maceration with the skins for a further two weeks. The wine is then run off into new and second-fill French oak barrels for the malo-lactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for a further 18 months in the same barrels with racking to clear the lees.
Deep violet cherry in colour. The nose is complex and very aromatic. Great elegance with notes of ripe dark fruits, herbs, pepper and oak. The mid palate is very juicy with great structure and balance with a long finish.
The vineyard consists of clay loam soils.
The must is held in contact with the skins for 24 hours in one of Callejo’s best tanks. Fermentation takes place in both new French oak barrels (40%) and stainless steel tanks (60%) at low temperatures to preserve the fruit and floral aromas. Further fermentation on the lees until bottling.
Attractive deep red colour. Clean and of medium intensity. On the nose it is very aromatic, violet. The palate is fresh with a presence of fresh fruit. A long and enjoyable finish
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