Casajus Antiguos Vinedos (750ml)
Ribera del Duero
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.
Produced from 100% tempranillo, this wine shows rich aromas with hints of minerals, blackberries, spice and licorice. Cherry and raspberry play into full tannins and a long finish.
The 2012 Antiguos Viñedos (old vineyards) shows great freshness for a warm, ripe vintage like 2012, which resulted in more vibrant wines than initially expected. The cooler zone of Quintana de Pidio and the old vines provided a very good balance to the conditions of the season, and the naturally balanced juice took the oak aging very well (14 months in second use French barriques). There is great balance, concentration and intensity here, very fine tannins and enough freshness. A classic Ribera. 19,800 bottles. – Luis Gutiérrez