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El Valao

El Valao
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The Mencía variety at its freshest

El Valao
Red wine Barrel. 8 months in French oak barrels used.
Variety: Mencía
Designation of Origin: D.O. Bierzo
Production area: Castilla y León
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Red wine Barrel. 8 months in French oak barrels used.
Variety: Mencía
D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of El Valao

Valao is a red wine made with the Mencía variety by the Wines Valtuille winery in the D.O. Bierzo.

Vinos Valtuille is a winery located in the subzone of Valtuille de Abajo (Vilafranca del Bierzo) that started out in 1999. At present, the legacy continues at the hands of two of the sons of the García Alba Family. Effort, respect and care for the land are the three premises they pursue when making their wines.

The grapes for the red wine El Valao are obtained from a small plot of 90-year-old strains with clayey soils and an Atlantic-continental climate. The vineyard is planted at a high density and trained in bush style. The grapes are harvested by hand and placed in 15kg boxes.

In the winery, the grapes pass over the selection table and are fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of less than 28ºC. Malolactic fermentation is then performed. Lastly, El Valao red wine is aged in used French oak barrels for 6 to 8 months.

Valao is a red wine in which the Mencía variety feels especially fresh and with an integrated oak.
Serve at 16.0ºC
Contains sulphites
Pairing
Grilled vegetables, Grilled white fish, Stuffed aubergines

Tasting notes El Valao

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.
Valao 2016 is a fresh red wine with aromas of flowers, berries, earth and spicy notes. In the mouth it is structured, with nuances of acidic fruit and a long finish.

Ratings

  • Parker 92
  • Decanter 89

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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Designation of Origin D.O. Bierzo

Winery Vinos Valtuille

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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