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Producer : Bodegas Castro Ventosa
Region : Bierzo (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Red Meat, Veal roasted
Bright ruby colour in the glass. Silky, succulent red fruits and a seductive dark cherry note mingle with bright, freshly ground pepper on the nose here. The palate is bright, with chalky and refined tannins, providing a fine-grained structure that props up layers of blueberry and fleshy red fruit. Cured meat, dried herbs and powerful fruit come together with superb precision. Long, elegant and refined to the finish.
"The 2019 Valtuille Cepas Centenarias comes from a single plot of ancient vines that could qualify as Vino de Paraje and in the future as Vino de Viña, but they are never going to do it because it's their traditional name and label and one of the most consistent wines from the winery. It is made with field blend with lots of different grapes on clay and sand soils. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts with a long 60-day maceration and matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels (but, in the future, they might move to oval oak foudres) for one year. It has the violets and the perfume from the 2018 vintage but with more dimension, more layers and depth. A stellar performance in 2019 (again!)."
98 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, January 2022
|Bottles Per Case||6 Pack|
|Cellaring||Drink Now or Cellar|
|Sweetness||XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Producer||Bodegas Castro Ventosa|
|Region||Bierzo (Spain), Spain (Spain)|
|Style||Subtle & fruity|
|Grapes||Alicante Bouschet, Mencia, Trousseau|
|Food Pairing||Red Meat, Veal roasted|
|Price of Case||$449.94|
Castro Ventosa was founded by the Perez family in 1752 and the family owns the estate ever since. The Perez family owns 75 hectares of Mencía vineyards in Bierzo making them the biggest owners of this varietal within the Bierzo D.O. The Bierzo appellation is made of 5000 hectares with 2500 ha planted with white varietals and 2500 ha planted with Mencía and there are 5000 landowners within the appellation.
Raúl Pérez, who now runs the winery, is a figurehead for Bierzo wines in Spain. Castro Ventosa produces three different Mencía; Valtuille, El Castro de Valtuille and El Castro de Valtuille “Joven Mencia”. Mencía is indigenous from Bierzo and some suspect that it is an ancient clone from Cabernet Franc.
The Bierzo D.O. is located in the northwest of the Province of Castilla y León, just above Portugal. Castilla was one of the original Spanish regions to unite against the Moors in the Middle Ages and thus became the north-west stronghold for the Catholics. The region has a great historical past with many remains that testify of its rich history.
The winery is situated in the village of Valtuille de Abajo at the foot of the slope of the Castro, the ruin of an ancient Roman fort that dominates the village of Valtuille de Abajo. Some of Castro Ventosa’s vineyards are planted on that same hill just around the ruins, the name Castro Ventosa means 'The Windy Castle'. The Valtuille is made from five parcels situated in Valtuille de Abajo with pre-phyloxeric vineyards that are located on the only sandy soil found in Birezo.
Bierzo is in a small valley surrounded by mountains. This exceptional geographical position gives the area a specific microclimate. The low altitude prevents frost in winter and the warm summer months provide ideal conditions to grow exceptional vines. The soil is a mixture of quartzite and slate.
It's important to remember that taste is subjective, and personal preferences play a significant role.
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