Alfredo Maestro - Vina Almate Castilla Y Leon 2019
Viña Almate is the name of the first vineyard that Alfredo planted and gives the name to his bodega and to Alfredo’s entry-level Ribera del Duero wine. This cuvee is made from fruit sourced from various plots of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), of varying vine ages located, in Valtiendas at 1,000 m. elevation, as well as Peñafiel, at 700 meters. The wine is 80% whole cluster fermented in steel vat with 15-20 days of maceration and raised for 4 months in neutral French oak with one racking: unfined, unfiltered, and very low SO2 if any at all. The result is a very pure, lively and classic medium to full bodied Duero wine with notes of red fruits, spice, flowers, and minerals.
“Wine made with only grapes, well-kept vineyards, and healthy land.” This is the mantra of Castellano winegrower Alfredo Maestro, a bright light amongst an abyss of industrially farmed, over-ripe, over-oaked, and over-manipulated wine-scape that is the Ribera del Duero these days.