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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 17ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
Grilled red meats, Game birds, Beans and pulses, Sheep cheese, Game animals, Stew
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.
SightIntense and very bright violet.NosePowerful, notes of black fruit combined with animal and mineral notes.TasteComplex, sweet and smooth. Velvety and well integrated tannins.
SightIntense cherry colour with violet trims. Transparent and dense tear.NoseWine 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.TasteGood 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.
SightIntense cherry-trimmed garnets.NoseThis wine is very expressive, with intense aromas of black fruit (plums, blueberries) and lighter shades of wood, mineral and balsamic. TasteThe mouth is very powerful, flavorful, meaty, complex and with some ripeness. Long and persistent.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".
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.