Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Joven Bierzo 2018 is 100% Mencia. It is aged for a short time in only stainless steel and released relatively young to be enjoyed for its freshness and fragrance. Dry and woody/oaky with meat, caramel, ironstone and blue and purple fruits. Other characters develop like clay, pine and pop rock/candy.
The palate tastes rich like terracotta. It is dry with pepper. There is nice acid and just a hint of refreshing bitterness.
Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Joven Bierzo 2018 is a lovely wine. It is a great example of Mencia and is perfect for people who love reds from Etna, Burgundy. I’d love to try this with a chilli con Carne style dish.
Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Joven Bierzo 2018, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Castro Ventosa has been family-owned since its founding in 1752. The Perez family are the biggest owners of Mencia in Bierzo, with 75 hectares. Castro Ventosa means The Windy Castle and refers to the Roman fort that is prominent in the town of Valtuille de Abajo, where this winery is based. Castro Ventosa makes 5 wines from the Mencia grape. The top-level Mencia is grown in the only sandy soils in Bierzo, which has allowed the family to keep pre-phylloxera vines alive and healthy.
Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Joven Bierzo 2018 Wine Review
“The 2018 El Castro de Valtuille Mencía Joven was produced from seven or eight parajes from the village of Valtuille, a selection from the family vineyards that is given a few months in the 5,000-liter oak vats that help polish it, and the resulting wine is more relaxed. This is a Mencía that overdelivers for its price, especially in a year like 2018. It’s medium-bodied, nuanced, floral and more sublte than the unoaked Castro Ventosa (pink label), with fine tannins and a serious finish. This is a bargain, an old-vine cuvée at an incredible price. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2019”
Continental climate and high altitude vineyards combined with schist laden soils mean these wines are elegant, fine and perfumed. Easily some of the best wines in Spain.
Mencia is similar to Cabernet Franc in flavour, weight and structure. Mencia makes stunning wines from Bierzo, Valdeorras and surrounding regions. Highly aromatic, refreshing acids, nice texture, the top wines can improve with age. There is a lot to love.
Spain is probably more famous for the wines from the hot and dry parts. But the diversity of wine is equal to any country. And Spanish wine is a legitimate threat to the Australian wine market, with their dry-grown, old-vines able to produce the same quality as anything in Australia. If they were allowed to irrigate, they could release more wine at significantly less than any Australian equivalent.
The styles to try as a wine lover include Old school Rioja (leave them for 50 years, though, please!). Real Sherry, from Jerez, seriously try this stuff. Mencia from Bierzo and surrounds. Cava – if you thought Prosecco was poor man’s Champagne, well, good Cava makes Prosecco taste like Schweppes Mineral Water. And there are more amazing terroir wines across Spain.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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