Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Red 2014 - Douro, Portugal
16/20 - Jancis Robinson
Grand Gold - Mundus Vini
Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold - International Wine Challenge
Silver - Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver - Mundus Vini
Bronze - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Decanter's World Wine Awards - "Deep, dark, rich and spicy nose. Intense black plum, prune and cherry on the palate with bergamot and graphite. Bold with wonderful ripeness."
Winemaker "Callabriga is a Douro red in the modern style, intense and elegant, versatile and vibrant. It is one of the most innovative wines made by Casa Ferreirinha. Callabriga is a rich, intense, elegant wine that is ideal for red meat, big game and strong cheeses. For serving, it is recommended to stand the bottle upright the previous night and decant it before serving."
70% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz
Casa Ferreirinha is the producer of iconic Barca Velha – one of the greatest wines to come from Portugal, as well as one of the rarest wines produced in the UNESCO World Heritage, gazetted, Douro wine region.
Decanter "Casa Ferreirinha's Barca Velha is the Superstar of the Douro."
Casa Ferreirinha estate has 160 hectares of vineyards, residing within the Douro UNESCO World Heritage site, from which the winery produces its award-winning wine and Port. The soils of marl clay, granite (with some sand) and alluvial are known to produce spectacular wines and ports.
Founded in 1952, it was the first winery in Portugal to first produce a premium non-fortified red wine. This was done by a team of enologists led by technical director Fernando Nicolau De Almeida, who would become world-famous for his Barca Velha wine.
The Douro region in Northern Portugal is recognized as one of Portugal’s best wine-growing areas producing some of the most particular and complex wines in the country. It is also known for being one of the country’s first winemaking areas to be certified for its quality back in 1756. However, the Douro region's most famous claim is that it is the home of Port. The area takes its name from the Douro river, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Touriga Franca is an important dark-skinned grape variety used in the production of Port and dry red wines from Portugal's Douro wine region. Touriga Franca is more aromatic and lighter-bodied than its more well-known relative, Touriga Nacional. Its origins are unclear and its name misleading, for Touriga Franca is not a French grape. Either way, Touriga Franca's plentiful yields have made it a favored and integral component of Douro wines. Varietal Touriga Franca wines are uncommon, even in its native Portugal, but they are virtually non-existent in the New World.