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Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa 2021

Castro Ventosa Valtuille Vino de Villa

2021
Complexity from a village vineyard
94
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production12,000 bottles

The wine

Valtuille Vino de Villa is a red that’s very serious, with fullness and depth, showing us all the richness the vineyard of a unique village can offer. With minimal intervention, the wine manages to construe this Bierzo landscape with the utmost respect and absolute elegance. A red that sets itself apart due to its fragrance and balance, freshness and easiness. The sort of wine always to have close at hand.

What does this wine taste like?

It’s serious, subtle and scented; refined, expressive and very delicate. Evocative aromas of tiny red strawberries waft on a background of floral notes, spices and intense mineral hints. It’s medium-bodied, with great balance and freshness, thanks to the early harvesting of some of the plots. The tannins are distinguished and slightly grainy, allowing the whole bunch to be discerned fully on the palate. It’s able to combine purity and fineness, with a very seductive feel, almost creamy. It takes its leave as all greats do, leaving behind it a persistent hint which highlights again the powerfulness of the fruit.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Picota cherry red / Clean / Bright
Bouquet
Higly aromatic / Floral scents / Fine / Elegant / Fruit aromas
Mouth
Balanced / Fresh / Medium-bodied / Subtle / Pleasant tannins / Silky

Drinking and storing

It will work well in a normal red wine glass served at a temperature between 14˚ and 16 ºC. It will remain in perfect drinking condition for 7 or 8 years after its vintage date.

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

verduras-y-hortalizas
Vegetables
semicurat
Semi-cured cheeses
brasa
Roast meats

Red meats / Game / Stews / Meat rice dishes

Ratings and awards

202294 PK
202194 PK
202093 PK
201994 PK
201894 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2020 Valtuille Vino de Villa reflects the warmer year with a little higher alcohol (13.49%) and a rounder palate with mellow acidity and a tender mouthfeel. It fermented with 30% full clusters and a 60-day maceration and matured in barrels of different sizes for 12 months. There's still a whiff of oak from the élevage here, and the wine shows the rounder character of the year, with a juicy palate and a dusty mouthfeel with slightly more rustic tannins than in 2021. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (10/08/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.3/5
14 reviews
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Winemaking

Fermented with wild yeasts in 5,000-litre oak vats with 40% whole bunches (previously 100%) using the vineyard coupage. After a lengthy maceration, it ages in 225 and 500-litre oak barrels for a year.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodOak

Vineyards

Villegas / El Val / La Rata

It’s a selection of barrels from the hundred-year old vineyards of Villegas, El Val and La Rata, three areas especially liked by Castro Ventosa. The vines are aged between 40 and 100 years old and are planted on lands that are steeply inclined and mainly facing north. The various village plots are fermented separately and include Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) and Bastardo grapes, as well as some local white varieties. The blend from different locations adds an extra dimension to the wine, and even more complexity.

Vine ageBetween 40 and 100 years
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence
YieldsVery low yields
OrientationNorth

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