Red Wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2020
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The winery that put the DO El Bierzo name on the map, Bodegas Castro Ventosa is the producer of Valtuille Cepas Centenarias, formerly known as Valtuille Cepas Viejas.
This remarkable Spanish red wine is made basically from Mencía, with a touch of Alicante Bouschet (aka Garnacha Tintorera) and a droplet of Bastardo (aka Merenzao and Trousseau) and other red varieties. Grown in sandy-limestone soils, most of the vines are over 50 years old.
The grapes were hand harvested and meticulously vinified by the one and only Raúl Pérez. After macerating for a long time, they were fermented and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels.
Bottled unfiltered, Valtuille Cepas Viejas 2020 was aged for a further months in the cellar prior to its commercial release.
Decant this red wine from El Bierzo 1 hour before drinking.
If properly stored, this Crianza red wine will improve considerably over the next years.
The red wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias is medium purple with a crimson rim.
Strikingly pure and very seductive, this blend of Mencía, Alicante Bouschet, Bastardo and other red varieties suggests wild berries, violets, liquorice, undergrowth and game. There is a mineral background, and also hints of blood orange, meat, some metallic-ferrous nuances. Impressive complexity.
Intense, and palate-coationg, this red wine from bodega Castro Ventosa is both wonderfully textured and easily drinkable. Loads of wild berries, deep mineral undertones that convey a real sense of place, a panoply of aromatic herbs and balsamic notions and some flowery overtones. Bold tannins, superb acidity and extremely long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
An awe-inspiring, world-class red wine, Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2020 is like a Grand Cru Burgundy, but with an earthier twist.
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2019:
Enterwine 94. Parker 98.
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2018:
Varietal Mencía. Enterwine 94. Parker 97/97+.
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2016:
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2015:
Enterwine 94. Parker 96+.
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2014:
Enterwine 95. Parker 96.
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2013:
Enterwine 93. Parker 93. Peñín 93.
Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2012:
Parker 92. Peñín 93. Enterwine 93.
Valtuille Cepas Viejas 2010:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||11|
|Percentage of variety||Mencía 85% , Alicante Bouschet 8%, Bastardo 2%, otras variedades 5%|
|Pairings||Birds, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Fine bubbles and Fresh, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|