2018 Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Bierzo Mencia Joven

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As the largest vineyard holder in Bierzo, Raul Perez has plenty of work to do. What makes him remarkable is his willingness to usher in the new guard of producers in Galicia. His generosity of spirit is as legendary as are his wines. Made from hand-harvested mencía grapes from young vines, "El Castro de Valtuille" serves as a warm introduction to the grape variety and to the red wines of northwestern Spain. Its crunchy fruit and transparent minerality draw a line between Bierzo and Chinon, which is not surprising given what we know of the genetic ties between mencia and cabernet franc. Vinified in stainless steel tanks, developed in large wooden vessels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, "El Castro" loves jamon and other cured meats, and we're also planning to give it a go with tinned octopus

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