Red Wine El Castro de Valtuille 2018

Crianza red wine from El Bierzo. Varietal old-vines Mencía aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.

Crianza. 12 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Bierzo
Grapes Varieties: Mencía,
Wineries: Castro Ventosa
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Availability: In stock

Product Description

The great Raúl Pérez, one of the world's best oenologists, presents the new vintage of this Spanish red wine from El Bierzo.

Produced by the Castro Ventosa winery, El Castro de Valtuille is, as usual, a varietal Mencía.

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 2018 has a truly Burgundian spirit.

Aerate this Crianza red wine some time before drinking.

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Additional Information

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 of Bodegas 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 2018 is a deep, terroir-bound varietal Mencía from El Bierzo which will pair excellently with hearty dishes.


El Castro de Valtuille 2015:

Enterwine 92. Parker 92.

El Castro de Valtuille 2013:

Enterwine 91. Parker 92. Peñín 92.

El Castro de Valtuille 2012:

Peñín 93.

El Castro de Valtuille 2011:

Peñín 92.

Year 2018
Type Red
D.O. Bierzo
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 30 minutes before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 12
Enterwine's Score 92
Media rating 92
Mono-Varietal Mencía
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
1 Review
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.
Review by (Posted on 2 April 2019)
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