Ruby red with violet reflections and black core, almost opaque.
The nose of the 2014 Majuelos de Callejo from Feix Callejo is reminiscent of an old-style Ribera del Duero, which likes to do without chocolaty cherry excesses. Rustic without seeming peasant in the least, it combines the ripe fruit of blackberries, prunes and blueberries with spicy aromas reminiscent of air-dried ham, juniper and black pepper. The fine wood spice after cedar and sandalwood decorates it with ethereal top notes.
On the palate, the Majuelos de Callejo is surprisingly fresh. This may be due to the altitude of up to 930 metres, or to the temperature amplitudes, which ensure the slow, even ripeness and optimally preserve the acids. Paired with the tongue-wrapping, juicy-ripe fruit and perfectly ripened tannins, the wine from 100% Tinta de Pais shows itself from its best side. Goblets up and topped up!
Food recommendations from Sebastian Bordthäuser
- Fresh goat cheese with peppered blackberries and roasted leeks
- Aubergines au gratin in tomato sauce with black olives and smoked garlic
- Whole shoulder of lamb with baked herb potatoes and oven vegetables
Bodegas Felix Callejo, Avenida del CID, 09441 Sotillo de la Ribeira / Spain