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El Castro de Valtuille

El Castro de Valtuille
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El Castro de Valtuille
Red wine Crianza. 14 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Mencía
Designation of Origin: D.O. Bierzo
Production area: Castilla y León
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Red wine Crianza. 14 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Mencía
D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of El Castro de Valtuille

El Castro de Valtuille is a red wine from Bierzo prepared by the Castro Ventosa Winery and Vineyards. It is a single variety of Mencia.

The grapes come from old vines located on poor soils of sand and chalk at an altitude of 560 metres.

The harvest, which is done manually so that the grains do not break, takes place in the third week of September.

El Castro de Valtuille is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.

It is finally sold without going through cold stabilization nor being filtered. Castro Ventosa is a reflection of a more traditional spirit when making wine, leveraging the experience inherited from generation to generation.

Serve at 17.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Game birds, Beans and pulses, Sheep cheese, Game animals, Stew, Grilled red meats

Tasting notes El Castro de Valtuille

Extreme weather included low rainfall and summer drought with high temperatures resulting in an unusually early harvest. The most important weather events occurred on April 28th with a late frost that destroyed the crops of El Bierzo valley, and also the hailstorm that fell days later on May 9th, which destroyed part of the vineyards on the slopes of Corullón. The harvest was brought forward to unusual dates due to the high temperatures. Some winegrowers started to pick grapes the last days of August.The wines of this vintage have a good balance between structure and acidity. The fast ripening of the grape caused a small decrease in acidity that makes the wines accessible from the first vintage.
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental.  The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area.  The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather.  What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine.    The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
El Castro de Valtuille 2015 is a complex, powerful and tasty red wine. A good vintage that shows us all the character of the Mencía on the nose. In the mouth, it is sweet, with an ample but smooth mid-palate and a long, fresh finish.
The 2013 vintage was characterised by the influence of the Atlantic climate. Autumn and winter were the typical ones of El Bierzo, with abundant rainfall and low temperatures. Spring came in the same way, with some hail that destroyed crops in some places and lead to the delay in flowering. Summer did not make much of an appearance either, with low temperatures, ripening and the growth cycle were quite slow. The harvest date was delayed by 3 weeks.The wines of this vintage are characterised by a thin profile. The Atlantic climate left its mark on these lighter wines with a marked acidity. Ready to be stored.
Sight Intense and very bright violet. Nose Powerful, notes of black fruit combined with animal and mineral notes. Taste Complex, sweet and smooth. Velvety and well integrated tannins.
Sight Intense cherry colour with violet trims. Transparent and dense tear. Nose Wine with attractive and expressive aromas. The presence of red and black fruit emerge on a background of complex spicy aromas, balsamic and creamy notes and hints of minerals and herbs. Taste Good attack for this wine that grows in the palate. It has a silky and delicious mid palate with presence of concentrated fruit flavours. Long and persistent finish.
Sight Intense cherry-trimmed garnets. Nose This wine is very expressive, with intense aromas of black fruit (plums, blueberries) and lighter shades of wood, mineral and balsamic.
Taste The mouth is very powerful, flavorful, meaty, complex and with some ripeness. Long and persistent.

Ratings

  • Parker 93
  • Parker 91
  • Peñin 90
  • Decanter 90
  • Parker 92
  • Parker 92
  • Parker 91
  • Peñin 93
  • Decántalo 93
  • Parker 92
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 92
  • Decántalo 91
  • Parker 90
  • Decántalo 91
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 91
  • Winespectator 92

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Bierzo

2017 Very good
2016 Excellent
2015 Excellent
2014 Excellent
2013 Very good
2012 Excellent
2011 Very good
2010 Very good
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Excellent
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Very good
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
2000 Very good
1999 Good
1998 Good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Good
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    15/02/19 El Castro de Valtuille 2015 Have purchased this wine before and it was very good
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    18/09/16 El Castro de Valtuille 2012 Delicious and unexpected from this little known wine area in Spain
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    Designation of Origin D.O. Bierzo

    Winery Castro Ventosa

    Bierzo wine is on the rise. It is a region defined by its small scale work, with plots scattered around, very old vines, artisan work of the small scale wineries, and the character of their principal variety, the Mencía grape, which produces fresh, fruity and delicious wines. Although the region is well known mostly for its red wines, it also produces white and rosé wines. If the red wines here are defined by the Mencía variety, then the white wines here are defined by the Godello. Godello grape has great aromatic potential, as well as an excellent balance between alcohol and acidity.  Despite the great potential of El Bierzo, its rise in the wine world would not have been possible without two people: Raúl Pérez and Ricardo Pérez. Two great winemakers who in little time have been able to produce critically acclaimed wines from the Bierzo region.

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    Imágenes y situación D.O. Bierzo

    Talk of Castro Ventosa, is speaking of a place but mostly about being rooted to earth are these people with some style, sober and discreet, outside shocks, trends and fleeting fashions, and only subject to cyclical and monotonous rhythm the passing of the seasons and the vineyard. Castro Ventosa in life gravitates around the earth, to the vineyard, the grape and fruit asu wine, which is only seen as the natural consequence of success at all stages but particularly in the strain itself.

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