Gran Callejo.

 

Information on the 2009 Vintage

This is considered as one of the best wines of Ribera del Duero, thanks to the excellent quality and the health of the grapes when picked. After a colder than normal winter, temperatures rose during April and May during a period of extremely low rainfall, causing vine buds to shoot quickly and bringing about very balanced vegetation growth. Hot days were recorded during the summer months, pushing the growing season ahead of normal dates with veraison occurring around 15th August. The ripening phase in September took place in milder weather with the odd scattered shower, which helped the berries to gain great polyphenol concentration. When the harvest finally began in mid-October, the grapes showed high quality, great aromatic concentration and perfect phenolic ripeness.

Technical Information

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

Vinification and Ageing

The grapes are selected from our lower-yielding plots for their potential to reach excellent levels of ripeness and to produce long-ageing wines for our Gran Reserva. The alcoholic fermentation, with native yeast, was begun at low temperatures, rising to 30°C at the end. The malo-lactic fermentation was done in second-fill French oak barrels, followed by an ageing of 24 months in barrels before bottling. Matured in bottled at the winery for 5 years before being released on the market.

Tasting notes

Its color is ruby cherry. Notes on the nose of ripe fruit, minerals, herbs, eucalyptus, white pepper, cocoa and hints of scrubland. The taste is fresh with sensations of red fruit, balsamic, cocoa berry, laurel and tannin still scarred.

Press

91 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2010.

96 points Gourmets. Vintage 2009.

93 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2009.

93 points The International Wine Review. Vintage 2006.

92 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2006.

92 points Wine & Spirits. Vintage 2006.

91 points Guía Peñín. Añada 2006.

94 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2005.

93 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2005.

91 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2005.

93+ points Robert Parker. Vintage 2004.

92+ points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2004.

95 points The International Wine Review. Vintage 2004.

94 points Wine & Spirits, 100 Best Wines of the Year. Vintage 1999.

91 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 1999.

90 points Robert Parker. Vintage 1999.

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