Majuelos de Callejo 2011


Information on the 2011 Vintage

The weather conditions in this vintage were typical for the Ribera del Duero region. Firstly, a cold winter, then a period of evenly spread rainfall with normal average temperatures during spring, which encouraged optimum vine vegetation growth. Vine shoots appeared around April 28 and flowering began at the end of June. Summer was hot and dry with cool night-time temperatures, particularly during late August and September, which brought about a perfect ripening of the fruit and concentration of sugars and polyphenols. The harvest took place in consistently dry weather 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.

Technical Information

Callejo family vineyards. 100% Tempranillo. Very light boulder limestone soils.

Vinification and Ageing

The grapes come from various plots, selected for the ideal ripening to make this wine. The alcoholic fermentation, with native yeast, was begun at low temperatures, rising to 30°C at the end. The wine continued to macerate with the skins for a further two weeks. The wine was then run off into new and second-fill French oak barrels for the malo-lactic fermentation. The ageing was carried out in the same barrels for 18 months with rackings to clear the wine of its lees.

Tasting notes

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.


97 points Gourmets. Vintage 2012.

95 points Gourmets. Vintage 2011.

91 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2011.

92 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2010.

92 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2009.

91 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2007.

91 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2007.

4 starts Decanter. Vintage 2007.

91 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2006.

91 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2006.

91 points The International Wine Review. Vintage 2006.

90+ points International Wine Cellar. Vintage 2006.

91 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2005.

93 points El Mundo. Vintage 2005.

92 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2004.

89 points Wine Sectator. Vintage 2003.

90 points Wine Spectator. Vintage 2002.

88 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2002.

93 points Wine & Spirits. Vintage 2001.