Montecastrillo Tempranillo 2015
Ribera del Duero, Spain
The soft broad appeal of this wine (not at all oxidative and leathery like some Tempranillo can be) makes this a top pick of ours for holiday settings. And you know how much I disdain buying a wine for it's label but you've got to admit this little beauty really suits the season.
Organic and Biodynamic wines don't have to be expensive. Montecastrillo is the perfect example. There's no doubt, this is one of the greater values in the shop right now.
This Tempranillo is aged mostly in stainless steel to capture the freshness and minerality present in well-farmed fruit. Just a small percentage of oak is used to soften the wine before bottling. The end result is incredibly tasty.
Finca Torremilanos is the second oldest winery in Ribera del Duero, created in 1903 by Don Calixto Seijas Zorrilla, although many of the vines in the estate were planted much earlier. The winery stands just under 3,000 feet from the Duero river. The soils of this terrific estate are alluvial from the old river bed, filled with river rocks, sand, silt and quartzite.
The entire 470 acres of the estate are organically farmed and contain some of the oldest vines in Spain to still be producing grapes. The estate's youngest are Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) vines at 30 years old with the oldest being about 90 years old. But the most impressive vines the estate has are of Viura (Macabeo) with around 180 years of age. Yes! They were planted in the 1830’s. The other white from the estate is Blanca del Pais (Tempranillo Blanco) which is around 80 years old. There is also some Garnacha, between 60 and 90 years old, and some Pinot Noir of 25 years old. Too bad they had to pull some approximately 130 year old vines of Garnacha back in the 1980’s.
When the owner of Torremilanos decided to send his sons abroad for high school, he picked... SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL in Bellingham. Today the three boys still have warm connections with our town. Together they now run the estate back home.
This wine also has another Bellingham connection, Spanish importer Basilio Rodríguez Grueso from Casa Ventura. Basi will be pouring Montecastrillo Tinto and other delicious selections for us this Saturday. Come down and enjoy his fantastic style and demeanor combined with his incredible knowledge of Spanish wines. I know you'll be glad you did.