The great Raúl Pérez, one of the world's best oenologists, presents the new vintage of this Spanish red wine from El Bierzo.
The grapes come from 60 hectares vines located at an altitude over 500 metres above sea level in the vicinity of Valtuille de Abajo.
Most of the vines, which grow in sandy-limestone soils, are over 50 years old.
Traditionally vinified, this red wine from El Bierzo was fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
Not filtered prior to its bottling, El Castro de Valtuille 2015 will improve in the bottle for the next 5-7 years.
Decant 1 hour before drinking.
The red wine El Castro de Valtuille has an intense, high cherry-coloured robe with a violet rim.
Terroir-oriented, this Mencía by Raúl Pérez suggests pristine, elegant aromas of red berries, along with some nuances of violet, lavender and exotic spices. This red wine by Castro Ventosa also suggests some deep mineral undertones and a real sense of place.
|Palate||Deep and intense, this red wine from El Bierzo still needs some years to fully display its qualities. Right now, there are remembrances of blueberries and cranberries, some bitter notions, a mineral backbone, fresh acidity and yummy tannins. Fresh, long, mineral finish.|
|Our personal opinion||
The excellent El Castro de Valtuille 2015 is a wonderful single varietal Mencía with a "telluric" quality that we find captivating.
El Castro de Valtuille 2013:
Enterwine 91. Parker 92. Peñín 92.
El Castro de Valtuille 2012:
El Castro de Valtuille 2011:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, bluefish, Cod, Cold meats, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Grilled red meats, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Appetizer, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|
This is a wine with a great potential. Already it shows finesse and depth, with good grip and focus. It only needs three years or so to reach the top.