Alfredo Maestro isn't afraid of stepping on the Ribera Del Duero DO's toes. He owns some prime vineyards in the area and produces excpetionally good quality wines, but doesn't like to sell them under the RDD label. He's a breath of fresh air against the landscape of modern Ribera del Duero, with over manipulated, over extracted, over oaked wines.
That's not to say his wines don't have a sense of place; Valdecastrillo is quintessentially Ribera del Duero, with buttery, deep flavours. But the wine has more restraint, more tension, more energy than others.
His friuit is sourced from old, forgotten vineyard plots, often at high elevation to help with the freshness. Valdecastrillo comes from a single plot of Tempranillo vines. The wine is made with natural yeasts, some whole bunch fermentation and aged in old French oak barrels.
The result is a full bodied delight of a wine that really does have a 'sense of place.'
Grape varieties: Tempranillo
Winemkaing method: Organic / natural