2019 Valtuille Cepas Centenarias, Castro Ventosa, Bierzo, Spain

2019 Valtuille Cepas Centenarias, Castro Ventosa, Bierzo, Spain

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2019 Valtuille Cepas Centenarias, Castro Ventosa, Bierzo, Spain

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Bodegas Castro Ventosa

Bodegas Castro Ventosa

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Valdepenas

Valdepenas

The wine appellation of Valdepeñas DO is located south of Castila-La Mancha in central Spain. It is almost completely encircled by the massive La Mancha DO and borders Andalusia to the south. 

It has always remained an independent DO entity, not least thanks to its long history of producing a distinctive, traditional style of light red wine known as aloque or clarete, which is created by blending the local white Airén and red Cencibel grapes. Since the late 1990s, Valdepeñas has been following in the footsteps of La Mancha, with new plantings of ameliorateur grapes and investment in modern winemaking facilities and practices – Félix Solis, the biggest single winery in Spain, has its base in the region.

The authorised varieties are for the whites: Airén, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel. For the reds: Tempranillo (aka Cencibel), Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot.

The best-located vineyards are in Los Llanos (‘the plains’) in the west and in Las Aberturas (‘mountain passes’) in the north. The climate is extreme continental (ie scorching hot summers and bitterly cold winters), with temperatures reaching 40°C in summer and down to -10°C in winter. Summer droughts, spring hail and winter frosts create a harsh environment for viticulture.

These climatic conditions, combined with the destruction caused by Phylloxera in the early 1900s, explain the dominance of the drought-resistant, sturdy Airén (planted over 80 percent of the vineyard area), which makes squeaky-clean, light-bodied, cool-fermented, pleasant, uncomplicated whites.

The future of the DO lies with its red wines, made from Cencibel, which has the capacity to age well in Reservas and Gran Reservas, often supplemented by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and even Petit Verdot. The best examples display silky-textured, vanilla-accented, fruity characters and are well-priced alternatives to young Tempranillo wines from established regions like Rioja.

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Mencía

Mencía

Mencía is the primary grape of the Bierzo region and its undisputed star, covering nearly two-thirds of the vineyards. This red grape variety is grown almost exclusively in north-western part of Spain (especially in the DOs of Galicia, Valdeorras, Monterrei, and Ribeira Sacra). Mencía ripens early, by mid-September, and is well suited to the maritime climate of Bierzo where autumn rains are quite common.

Mencía has only recently come into spotlight as a quality, potential-laden grape variety. When properly made, it offers fascinating wines across a contrasting spectrum of styles; on the one end are fruity and forward wines with supple tannins and succulent fruit. On the other end are more concentrated, powerful styles with an exotic earthiness, smooth tannins and an enviable reflection of the minerally-rich Bierzo terroir.

Mencía is capable of making excellent wine on its own, with no need to sacrifice its unique character in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot that are commonplace elsewhere in Spain.

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