Artisan Family Winery

Valtonar Crianza 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. 14 months in Frenck oak.

Very deep ruby, almost opaque. A nose of fruit, cream and vanilla. Lovely big black fruits on the palate. It's a big wine, full bodied and smooth with a savoury finish.

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£13.99

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.

97% Tempranillo & 3% Cabernet Sauvingon, aged 14 months in French oak barrels. Here 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. Dark cherry red with garnet highlights. Intense dark fruit aroma (wild blackberries, blueberry jam) with smoky and roasted (coffee) notes against a wonderfully elegant oaky backdrop. A serious wine with juicy tannins, velvety and round thanks to the perfume of oak aging (dried plums)."

My tasting notes say:

Very deep ruby, almost opaque. A nose of fruit, cream and vanilla. Lovely big black fruits on the palate. It's a big wine, full bodied and smooth with a savoury finish.

More Information
Location Ribera del Duero
Winery Valtonar
Winery status Tiny family winery
Annual production Tiny
Grapes 97% Tempranillo & 3% Cabernet Sauvingon
Style Big, black fruit, smooth, dry finish
ABV 13.5
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2010/2014
Free sulphur 32mg/l
Grapes Own Yeast Yes
Sustainable farming Yes
Dry farmed Yes
Sulphite level Very Low
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