Bodegas Casajus NIC (750ml)
Castilla y Leon
Ribera del Duero
PorkRed MeatWarm Vegetable Dishes
Bodegas J. A. Calvo Casajus is located in Ribera del Duero. It is owned and operated by its namesake, Jose Alberto Calvo Casajus. It is literally a one-man operation with Casajus also doubling as his village’s baker.
“It has a very intense nose of raspberry, fresh strawberry, maraschino and blood orange that effortlessly embraces the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte, succulent tannins, the oak playing a complementary role (in my opinion, the use of larger barrels moderating their influence.) It is struck through with outstanding acidity and wonderful minerality toward the finish. It shimmers in the mouth: so much purity you want to cry. It may be eye-wateringly expensive, but it is one of Ribera del Duero’s finest wines. Drink 2014-2025.” -97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
For generations two familities, Calvo and Casajus 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. This top Tempranillo blend is 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 2011 Nic has abundant balsamic aromas, notes of incense, Cuban cigars, noble woods and a core of ripe fruit without any hints of excess or over-ripeness. It does not transmit the heat of the vintage. The élevage was quite respectful with the fruit (it aged in 12 new, 500-liter French oak barrels for 26 months), and the wine even shows some restraint and elegance. The palate is medium to full-bodied with very fine tannins, superb balance, very good length and a surprising freshness for the year. While drinkable, it should also improve and develop more complexity in bottle. 4,000 bottles were produced. – Luis Gutiérrez