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2019 Castro Ventosa Valtuille Cepas Centenerías — 98 RP

The 2019 Valtuille Cepas Centenarias comes from a single plot of ancient vines that could qualify as Vino de Paraje and in the future as Vino de Viña, but they are never going to do it because it's their traditional name and label and one of the most consistent wines from the winery. It is made with field blend with lots of different grapes from clay and sand soils. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts with a long 60-day maceration and matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels (but, in the future, they might move to oval oak foudres) for one year. It has the violets and the perfume from the 2018 vintage but with more dimension, more layers and depth. A stellar performance in 2019 (again!). 3,500 bottles produced, what the plot delivered.

Cherry red with hints of purple on the rim. Nose : Floral with violet and some smokey notes. Palate : It is earthy while being very elegant and fresh. Cassis, well integrated hints of oak and fine tannins with a lingering finish. Other : Cepas Centenerias may be aged with confidence for many years and will develop and refine itself over time. An example of elegance and balance that is an experience in itself. This is a food wine and will pair well with game meats or rich dishes such as Osso Bucco. It is best served slightly chilled.

Castro Ventosa Valtuille Bierzo Cepas Centenarias, Castilla y Leon, Spain (2019)

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