Immensely drinkable but also really quite impressive, and so good with such an array of dishes - pulled pork, shakshuka, morcilla or picky bits. Brooding dark fruit with tart cranberry too- bowls of plums and cherry liquer, cinder toffee, with pretty violets on the nose and a slightly bitter-herbal tease of angelica, juniper, sage and spice too - clove and cinnamon adding intrigue. And it just keeps coming on the palate too, with a zesty blood orange note and lovely plush palate and soft tannins.
El Castro de Valtuille is a collaboration between Raul Perez, and his nephew César Márquez. Raul is one of Spain's most iconic modern winemakers and innovators of The New Spain, whilst young César has certainly started making waves in the last few years too, with his own wines being widely praised by Luis Gutiérrez of the Wine Advocate too. Bierzo is a region defined by its small scale work, with plots scattered around, old vines at elevation artisan work of the small scale wineries, and the character of their principal variety, the Mencía grape, which produces fresh, fruity and delicious wines.