Artisan Family Winery

Valtonar Barrica D.O. Ribera del Duero

A natural wine, farmed organically, the grapes are hand harvested and fermented with their own yeast. The wine is bottled unfiltered

Deep ruby in colour with big legs. Black fruit with some vanilla. Soft mouthfeel like "dusty plums", very smooth and balanced.

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1533
£10.99

Valtonar is an excellent small family winery run by the father and his two sons, although one of them only works there part time. They own 30 hectares consisting of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They farm organically but refuse to go for certification, as it is expensive and they don't believe they should have to pay to make wine properly - and I fully agree with them, as EU Organic certification rules are very lax and it's no longer a guarantee of a natural healthy wine.

They harvest everything by hand and ferment the grapes with only their natural yeasts. They don't filter the wine either, instead they move the barrels outside overnight where the drop in temperature clarifies the wine through a natural process. They make wine traditionally and use virtually no additives.

100% Tempranillo aged in French oak for 12 months. This wine is lovely. Below are Valtonar's tasting notes:

"This wine is made with Tempranillo vines situated around Anguix, Roa and Pedrosa de Duero, in the heart of Ribera del Duero. Intense cherry red colour. In the nose is complex: vanilla, toffee, spices, and mature red fruit. Very friendly in mouth, soft aftertaste with a long and lingering finish."

My tasting notes from some months ago state:

Deep ruby in colour with big legs. Black fruit with some vanilla. Soft mouthfeel like "dusty plums", very smooth and balanced.

More Information
Location Ribera del Duero
Winery Valtonar
Winery status Tiny family winery
Annual production Tiny
Grapes Tempranillo
Style Light oak
ABV 13.5
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2014
Free sulphur 20mg/l
Sulphite level Very Low
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