A subtle step up in the range, this is a wine that presents a bit more polish/finesse, both from its more selective source, as well as having been aged in used oak barrels rather than in stainless steel like the Joven; it sees the beginning of whole cluster inclusion, some 20% in 2018. I am unfamiliar with it, as it is a new wine to the range starting in 2017, when it was sourced from just 5 plots in Valtuille : la Poulosa, El Olivar, El Val, La Rata, and Las Gundiñas. It is approximately 85% Mencia, 10% Alicante Bouchet (and other coplanted native varieties), and 5% coplanted whites. Continuing the theme that will run throughout the range, the value quotient here is plain silly…..
“A new Mencía bottling, the 2018 Castro Ventosa Valtuille wants to be the eponymous wine from the winery, a range in between the El Castro de Valtuille Mencía Joven and the El Castro de Valtuille in price. The base could be similar to the Vintage, with some other plots added in; it fermented with 20% full clusters and matured in used 225-liter oak barrels and a slightly more modern and clean profile. It has the finesse and the polished tannins that showcase the 2018 vintage—fine and elegant wines. It’s like a more refined version of the vintage. There are 7,500 bottles of this 2018, the second vintage produced. It was bottled in May 2020.” 91+ Luis Gutierrez.