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  • Castro Ventosa Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2019

    £47.99

    “Castro Ventosa is the winery of Raúl Pérez’s family. They are adapting to the new categories from the Bierzo appellation. They are focusing on their vineyards and regrafting some Merenzao now that is accepted by the DO. They are also turning their style toward more freshness in the wines, going for larger barrels; they have always had a very traditional profile. In the near future, there will be a new bottling from La Vitoriana, one of the most prestigious lieux-dits, from 2018. All of the 2018s have a lower alcoholic degree (all around 13.5%, when it was previously 14.5%) and feel very pure and clean, with better-integrated oak. Production varies widely depending on the vintage, between 150,000 and 250,000 bottles.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (249)

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  • Veronica Ortega Cobrana 2018

    £29.49

    Was 36.49

    “There was only one amphora and one barrique of the 2018 VO Cobrana, and it had a longer élevage, up to 15 months. This 2018 is more Burgundian, while the 2019 is more Rhôneish. It keeps the profile of the 2016, with vibrant freshness, notes of acid berries, cassis and wild berries, very fine tannins and a very long aftertaste. It’s floral, fresh and easy to drink, delicious but with depth and complexity and surely aging potential. It’s a wine that can be drunk on its own and should also be very versatile with food. It’s elegant and delicate. It’s just plain great. There are only 1,200 bottles of this. It was bottled in April 2020. Drink: 2020-2025. 96 points

    Verónica Ortega has found some more new vineyards in Cobrana and has a new light red, Kinki, and she continues working organically in the vineyards, producing characterful wines that reflect the places, grapes and vintages. Her white is the best in the appellation. All plots ferment with full clusters in open-top oak vats or plastic bins, but the larger volume red Quite ferments destemmed in stainless steel. The wines mature in amphorae, different sized barrels and oak vats. Veronica produced 45,000 bottles in 2018. 2016 needed time, 2017 was very challenging with up to three different flowerings in some places (there was no frost in Cal or Cobrana), and 2018 is like a more-complete version of 2016. 2018 was an unusual year. The vines were recovering from the frost of 2017, and the grapes ripened very slowly. Harvest was also late and slow, and Verónica described it as a Galician profile. Analytically, there is not a lot of acidity, but the wines are fresh; she calls 2018 “the most Atlantic of recent vintages.” 2019 was drier and a little warmer/riper than 2018, but quite similar anyway, with wines with a little more structure and acidity.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (06/20)

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  • Descendientes de J. Palacios Villa de Corullon 2018

    £38.49

    “The village wine 2018 Corullón has, for the first time, the new category Vino de Villa (village wine!). It comes from around 90 plots of their own vineyards. In the cooler and more Atlantic 2018, they had more rain than the previous two vintages and a lower average temperature, and they think it was excellent for their wines (“a modern version of 2001,” Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me). There are around 8% white grapes here, and the wine fermented in oak vats with punching down, and the élevage was in a combination of barriques, bocoyes and foudres, oak containers of different sizes, and was short of 11 months. This is the modern version of 2001 and 2012, and in 2018, it has the part of Moncerbal (almost 40%) that was not in the 2017 (because of hail, the Moncerbal bottling was not produced in 2017), so it goes back to the classical style. There is terrific balance here, great purity, with the essence of slate; here, we move from the fruit of the Pétalos to the herbs. But there is complexity and nuance, violets, rockrose, sap, resin, fern, cinnamon and citrus, all very subtle and harmonious. The flavors have similar purity, and if these wines never have high acidity, there is great freshness, soft citrus, all very subtle and velvety. This is sooo easy to drink it could be dangerous… They produced 23,034 bottles and other formats, half-bottles, magnums, double magnums and jeroboams. It was bottled in January 2020. Drink: 2020-2023. 96 points

    This isn’t big news, because these notes were published a couple of weeks ago as part of the article about the whole Álvaro Palacios 2020 portfolio. But I wanted to also include them here again for context within the region and the exceptional 2018 vintage in Bierzo.

    The vintage is often described as a return to “normal” conditions, which here means a moderately humid and mild spring, quite rainy toward the end, with drier and more Mediterranean conditions in July and August. There were 950 liters of total rainfall, and the temperatures were slightly lower than the average—they even had a snowy winter, something they had not seen in recent years—and the weather didn’t turn until around the 10th of June, popularly known as the 40th of May, when summer conditions used to arrive in the past.

    This is the best collection they have produced since they set foot in Bierzo in 1999. And to understand my excitement, let me just summarize it as the best vintage ever for the most coherent, reliable and serious wine project in Spain. Simply breathtaking. Bravo!!”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (249)

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  • Veronica Ortega Cal 2018

    £31.95

    “One of the very few Bierzo wines from limestone soils and the only white I know of is the amazing 2018 VO Cal. It’s from a year when ripening was slow, so the grapes ripened thoroughly and the acidity is more integrated. This is still 12.5% alcohol and has seven grams of acidity with a pH of 3.1—a white of moderate alcohol and vibrant freshness, plus the freshness and sapid sensation of the limestone (“cal” is the Spanish word for lime). This matured 50% in barrique and 50% in amphorae/tinaja for one year. This is perhaps not as radical as 2017; this is the first vintage when the wine went through malolactic fermentation, so the profile is a little different, a little more approachable, but with the austere profile and the salinity of the limestone. This perhaps has more depth and more weight and is probably going to age for a longer time. The nose has the textbook chamomile aromas and palate keeps the citrus and saline character. It’s vibrant, layered and complex. It’s clean and evolves slowly in the glass, so it should develop slowly in the bottle too. 3,413 bottles were filled in December 2019. Drink: 2020-2027. 95+ points

    Verónica Ortega has found some more new vineyards in Cobrana and has a new light red, Kinki, and she continues working organically in the vineyards, producing characterful wines that reflect the places, grapes and vintages. Her white is the best in the appellation. All plots ferment with full clusters in open-top oak vats or plastic bins, but the larger volume red Quite ferments destemmed in stainless steel. The wines mature in amphorae, different sized barrels and oak vats. Veronica produced 45,000 bottles in 2018. 2016 needed time, 2017 was very challenging with up to three different flowerings in some places (there was no frost in Cal or Cobrana), and 2018 is like a more-complete version of 2016. 2018 was an unusual year. The vines were recovering from the frost of 2017, and the grapes ripened very slowly. Harvest was also late and slow, and Verónica described it as a Galician profile. Analytically, there is not a lot of acidity, but the wines are fresh; she calls 2018 “the most Atlantic of recent vintages.” 2019 was drier and a little warmer/riper than 2018, but quite similar anyway, with wines with a little more structure and acidity.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (06/20)

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