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Valtuille El Rapolao Bierzo by Castro Ventosa 2015

Valtuille El Rapolao Bierzo

by Castro Ventosa 2015

Producer : Bodegas Castro Ventosa

Region : Bierzo (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"Located in a cooler part of Valtuille, El Rapolao is a vineyard that is bottled by a number of different producers, mostly from the circle of influence of Raúl Pérez. The 2015 Valtuille El Rapolao fermented with full clusters in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in well-seasoned, neutral 500-liter oak barrels. As with all old vineyards, the Mencía is interplanted with other varieties, like Estaladiña, Garnacha Tintorera and Souson, which might add to the tension the wine has, something that is especially remarkable in a warm and dry year like 2015. The palate has power and very good freshness, more elegant and with less rusticity despite its earthy touch. 2015 yielded well and there are some 1,700 bottles of it." 
95 points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Feb 2019

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 95
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodegas Castro Ventosa
Region Bierzo (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Warm and fruity
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Estaladiña, Garnacha Tintorera, Mencia, Sousão
Food Pairing Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables
Descriptors Floral, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $444.00

The Producer

Bodegas Castro Ventosa

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.

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