2007 Castro Ventosa "El Castro de Valtuille" Mencia Joven Bierzo

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91 points Wine Spectator: "Discreet yet intense, this lithe red delivers cherry, anise, mountain herb, mineral and tar notes, with depth and nerve. This is compact now, but should bloom with time. Drink now through 2020." (11/10) 90 points in the Wine Advocate: "The 2007 El Castro de Valtuille Joven is 100% Mencia from the DO of Bierzo. Dark ruby-colored, it reveals an enticing perfume of baking spices, eucalyptus/pine notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to a smooth-textured, sweet, forward wine with no hard edges. Drink this lengthy effort over the next several years. It is a terrific introduction to the Mencia grape and the Bierzo region." Mencia is one of those interesting grapes just starting to gain the spotlight. A handful of DOs in northwest Spain produce the grape varietal, but the most famous is Bierzo. And one of the top producers in Bierzo is Castro Ventosa. The Perez family founded the estate in 1752 and has owned it ever since. They have 75 hectares and their best parcels are planted in the sandy soils of Valtuille de Abajo. Old vine fruit dominates here, with some pre-phyloxera vines that are more than 100 years old. The Joven is made from the youngest vines, which happen to range from 20 to 40 years of age. Like the lovechild of a Chinon Cab Franc and a spicier, meatier Pinot Noir from the Cote de Beaune. The Ventosa Joven leans more towards the rich black fruit of Cab Franc with gorgeous sage and garrigue aromas.(Keith Mabry, K&L)

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/13/2009  | Send Email
I like to describe Mencia as the lovechild of a Cabernet Franc from Chinon and a spicier, meatier Pinot Noir from the Cote de Beaune in Burgundy. The Ventosa Joven leans more towards the rich black fruit of Cab Franc with gorgeous sage and garrigue aromas. I believe this wine will complement anything grilled - be it animal or vegetable.

 By: Wyffels |  Review Date: 12/16/2009 
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Fantastic Spanish Red with an incredibly smooth, bold and juicy body. Must buy more of this. It's too easy to drink.

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Other Red Wines

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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.