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2018 Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2018
Appellation: Bierzo
94 (LG)
Our search for a red wine with loads of classy fruit but driven by brightness and citrus freshness took us into the mountains of central Spain, home to some of the most exciting wine producers on the planet. This may challenge your understanding of what a red wine can be, but its purity and intensity will open your eyes... Castro Ventosa was founded in 1752 by the Pérez family and has remained in their hands ever since. Today Raul Perez is the consultant winemaker, the very same place he took his first steps in the wine world as a teenager. Castro Ventosa wines are lovely examples of Mencía at its best, the result of careful and dedicated work in the vineyard and a mostly hands-off approach in the cellar. Castro Ventosa has always had a very traditional profile, but they are adapting to the new categories from the Bierzo appellation. They are focusing on their vineyards and using larger barrels, turning their style toward more freshness in the wines. The wines are the result of ancient vines that have been passed down from generation to generation. They have around 60 hectares of vineyard in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, 80% of these vines are well over 50 years old. Today Castro Ventosa reflects the more traditional spirit of winemaking in harmony with the inherited experience from the many family generations of the Pérez family the winery has been in the hands of. The vineyard is located on the hills of the village of Valtuille de Abajo, there are about 300 plots all sitting on slightly different soils and orientations, making the most of the diversity that then shines through in their wines.

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2018 Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa

94 (LG)
£210 6 pack case(s) available

2018 Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa

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Region: Spain
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£105
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Case (6 x 75cl)
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Original Cardboard Case
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2018 Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa

94 (LG)
£210 6 pack case(s) available

2018 Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Spain
94 (LG)
BTL
0
36
0
0
£105
6
 
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
YOU BUY
Case (6 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Cardboard Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
In Stock
You buy
£105.00
36 Case(s) Available

Tasting Notes and Scores

94

Wine Advocate

If the range was not wide and confusing enough, there is a new 2018 Valtuille Vino de Villa to fulfill the new official category of village wines in the DO Bierzo. It's a blend of different plots from the village, fermented separately, all old vines with a Mencía-based field blend that also contains some Garnacha Tintorera, Bastardo and even white varieties, mostly from the plots that are bottled separately. It fermented with 100% full clusters in 5,000-liter oak vat and matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for one year. This is serious, subtle and perfumed, refined, expressive and floral, with great finesse. It has a medium body with terrific balance and great freshness (some of the early harvested plots were part of the blend), purity and finesse that showcase the style of the year. The tannins are very fine and silky. This is a very impressive first effort. It feels like the blend of different places has given it an extra dimension. To give you an idea, all the 2018s have lower alcohol, and this is 13.4% alcohol with 6.11 grams of acidity (in tartaric). 4,900 bottles were filled in May 2020.
Luis Gutierrez, Jun 2020