Felix Callejo.


Information on the 2012 Vintage

After a drier winter than normal and low temperatures, spring comes starting budbreak in late April. The temperatures rise and rainfall in May and June the vineyard develops good canopy. Summer is characterized by low rainfall and warm temperatures, normal for this time of year, and the lack of soil moisture, provides small clusters and small grapes, which means low production per vine, resulting in a good maturity the end of September. The harvest begins in early October with an excellent state of health and ideal maturity level, aroma, color and flavor.

Technical Information

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

Vinification and Ageing

A strict sorting was done in our vineyards after analysing and tasting the berries of the different plots. The grapes from these plots had high aromatic concentration and a distinct character compared with the rest of the vineyard. The alcoholic fermentation, with native yeast, was begun at low temperatures, rising to 30°C at the end, followed by a period of two weeks of maceration on the skins. The malo-lactic fermentation was done in new French oak barrels, before an ageing of 15 months in the same barrels.

Tasting notes

It has a cherry red color with garnet rim. Intense nose, aromas of ripe fruit, blueberry, spicy, rosemary, clove, balsamic, ink, creamy oak. The mid-palate is powerful and tasty, fruity sensations appear and aromatic nose, plus chocolate, ripe tannins, and a long and persistent end.


99 points Gourmets. Vintage 2012.

93 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2012.

91 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2012.

97 points Gourmets. Vintage 2011.

93 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2011.

93 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2011.

Golden Zarcillo. Vintage 2011.

98 points Gourmets. Vintage 2010.

94 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2010.

95 points The Internacional Wine Review. Vintage 2009.

94 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2009.

94 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2006.

90 points Guía Peñín. Vintage 2006.

97+ points Robert Parker. Vintage 2005.

92+ points The Internacional Wine Review. Vintage 2005.

93 points Wine Spectator. Vintage 2005.

96 points Robert Parker, Highest-Scoring Releases 2007. Vintage 2004.

96 points El Mundo. Vintage 2004.

93 points Wine Spectator. Vintage 2004.

98 points Robert Parker. Vintage 2003.

96 points Wine Spectator Top-Scoring Wines from Spain. Vintage 2003.

90 points Stephen Tanzer. Vintage 2003.

91 points Wine Spectator. Vintage 2002.

91 points Sibaritas. Vintage 2002.

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