Finca Valdelroble.

 

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. 60% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Limestone soils.

Vinification and Ageing

This is what we call this area located at the highest point of Sotillo de la Ribera, “el páramo”, on a ridge at 930 metres altitude, overlooking the Duero River valley and surrounded by common oak and holm oak trees. It is situated amidst a unique and changing terrain in which the limestone mother-rock emerges at the soil’s surface in the form of small stone fragments, evidence that many years ago a great ocean covered this land. Cold, icy winters and hot dry summers with cold nights are the norm in this extreme, contrasting micro-climate. The vines here grow hardy and strong, expressing the best of their potential and yielding grapes of personality and great character. Organic vine-growing methods are without doubt a sign of respect for the vineyard and its natural environment. Our father, Félix Callejo, a great adventurer in every sense of the word, had taken up flying and in 1985 obtained a Private Pilot Licence. He always dreamt about building an airstrip on that farm to fly his own plane over the length and breadth of the Ribera del Duero. When plans were drawn up in 1989 to construct the Bodegas Félix Callejo winery, the airstrip idea was shelved and eventually forgotten about. In 2002, José-Félix Callejo, began the conversion of Valdelroble into a vineyard, planting a plot of the Tinta Fina varietal, the grafts of which were taken from old vines. The result was a complete success, and in 2005 the planting of the rest of the vineyard was completed with 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres) of Tinta Fina (Tempranillo), 2.9 hectares (7 acres) of Merlot and 1.2 hectares (3 acres) of Syrah. The airplane dream in the end was not fulfilled, but instead a great vineyard was born, which proved to be something of a “high-flier” in its own way.

Tasting Notes

Lively, deep, dense red colour that tints the glass and the tears running down its sides. Deep, delicate aromas of wild forest flowers and the fresh breezes of the high plains mingle harmoniously with ripe tropical fruit characters. Mineral touches reminiscent of underground limestone rock come through against a backdrop of spicy and smoky notes. Hints of just-picked grapes appear on the palate along with fresh tannins that are yet to become fine and polished. Mouth-filling on the palate with a fine-grained texture; the full ripeness of the grapes shows through, followed by a long, lingering finish.

Press

91 points Guía Peñín. Añada 2011.

Golden Zarcillo. Vintage 2011.

90 points Guía Peñín. Añada 2010.

92+ The Internacional Wine Review points. Vintage 2009.

92 Stephen Tanzer points. Vintage 2009

89 points Guía Peñín. Añada 2009.

90 points Wine & Spirits. Añada 2009.

93 Robert Parker points. Vintage 2006

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