Flores de Callejo 2014
Information on the 2014 Vintage
The weather of vintage 2014 can be considered as typical in Ribera del Duero. The total rain was 440l/m2. Between november 2013 and july 2014 we had 400l. This means the vineyard had good hydric reserves for the dry months of summer. Regarding temperatures we did not have spring frosts. The beginning of summer was warm and dry with high contrast day-night in september. This month is the most important for good maduration and accumulation of fenolic compounds in the skin of the raisin. The vineyard cycle is in advance with regard 2013. The harvest starts 27th september with the white grape and ende 6th october with red grape. Excellent maduration of the grapes, well balanced in aromas, acidity, sugar and an optimal sanitary state.
Callejo family vineyards. 100% Tempranillo. Clay loam soils.
Vinification and Ageing
All the grapes were picked by hand 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, which was allowed to occur spontaneously. In January, it was racked into French oak barrels to age for 6 months before being bottled.
It has an attractive cherry color with violet edges. On the nose, very aromatic, marked notes of wild berries, with hints of confectionery, balsamic. The mid-palate is meaty, active, with feelings of berries, cinnamon, spices, violets, balsamic and persistent primary end.
91 points Gourmets. Vintage 2014.
90 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2012.
91 points Gourmets. Vintage 2011.
89 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2011.
90 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2010.
88 points The International Wine Review. Vintage 2010.
90 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2009.
88+ points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2009.
89 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2009.
89 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2008.
88 points The Internacional Wine Review. Vintage 2008.
90 points Robert Parker, Top100 Value of the year. Vintage 2007.
89 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2006.
90 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2005.
Number 1 NZZ, wines under 10€. Vintage 2005.
3 racimos El País. Vintage 2005.