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Castro Ventosa, El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven 2018
Castilla y Leon
Made from hand-harvested Mencia grapes from young vines, which are vinified in stainless steel and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is a very pure and authentic expression of the variety, with focused tart fruit, a touch of smoke, and a very mineral-driven finish. Deliciously drinkable and great value as well.
Fermented in stainless steel. Not aged.
We had already been working with superstar winemaker Raul Perez for a number of years when we began working with his family estate, Castro Ventosa. This is where he cut his winemaking teeth as a teenager, and where he is still the consultant winemaker today. Castro Ventosa was founded by the Perez family in 1752 and has never changed hands. Their wines are lovely examples of Mencia at its best, the result of careful and dedicated work in the vineyard and a mostly hands-off approach in the cellar. A great introduction to this often underrated variety.
Wine Advocate 91pts (2017) - There was a creamy and lactic note in the nose of the 2017 El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven, despite the fact that it only matured between three and five months in used 5,000-liter oak vats. It just added to the complexity of this young and interesting young Mencia, which is expressive and had a soft palate with fine tannins and a thread of freshness going through its core. They did a shorter maceration because the year was warmer, and it resulted in a very balanced and fresh red, more about finesse. It has old-vine complexity and represents a modern, clean side of Bierzo at a very, very affordable price point.