Bodegas Casajus NIC (750ml)
Castilla y Leon
Ribera del Duero
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José Alberto Casajús was born in Quintana del Pidio. This small town is located on the foothills of the north side of the Duero Valley that shapes the appellation of Ribera del Duero. He had the privilege of growing up in the bosom of a winemaking family. For generations, both sides of his family, Calvo and Casajús, cultivated grapevines and made wine for personal consumption. José Alberto’s enthusiasm and passion for everything that surrounds the world of wine eventually encouraged him to found Bodegas J. A. Calvo Casajús in 1993; a modern company, equipped with the most advanced techniques, but with a deep-rooted family spirit and that preserves the most genuine of the Ribera del Duero wines. The bodega is literally a one-man operation with José Alberto Calvo Casajús also doubling as his village’s baker.
Intense nose of raspberry, fresh strawberry, maraschino and blood orange that effortlessly embraces the oak. Full bodied with succulent fine grained tannins and fresh acidity. Dense fruit is complimented by oak and wonderful minerality on the the finish. Pure and concentrated with incredible texture and length. If you want to treat yourself or give an impressive gift, this is the wine for you!
Wine critic Neal Martin says that Casajus NIC “is one of Ribera del Duero’s finest wines.”
For generations the Calvo and Casajus families have cultivated grapevines in the Ribera de Duero region of Spain. NIC is made by Jose Alberto Calvo Casajús a winemaker and grape grower of great family tradition in the village of Quintana del Pidio, one of the top sites in the Ribera del Duero appellation. NIC is their top tier Tempranillo. Grapes are sourced from a single 1.5 hectare plot. The vines were planted in 1920 in an area known as “El Montecillo” and “Carracabañes”. These vines have a very limited yield of around one kilogram per plant. The varietal is the indigenous “Tinta del País”, which is a clone of Tempranillo. This is a noble grape that gives color, aromas and body to this wine. The fermentation, maceration and aging takes place in 500 liter barrels made out of French oak from the area of Troncais. The wine spends at least 25 months in these barrels. This artisan process of very careful wine-making is aimed to achieve the best result from the grapes.
The Casajus wines have been favourites of customers and staff alike for a number of years now, and the level of quality we’ve all come to expect is on full display here with the winery’s flagship wine, Bodegas Casajus Nic. Expect savory notes of cedar, cigar, tobacco, potting soil and lots and lots of deep, dark fruit. There’s an exceptionally lengthy finish that is the hallmark of a high quality wine, critics have consistently rated it as one of Ribera del Duero’s top wines. With a good amount of bottle age, the wine is well-developed at this point though it will continue to evolve in the cellar for years to come.