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Cantalapiedra Viticultores - Arenisca 2020

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Producer Cantalapiedra Viticultores
Country Spain
Region Toro
Varietal Tempranillo
Vintage 2020
Sku 011939
ABV 14.50%
 Grown Organically 

The father and son team of Manuel and Isaac Cantalapiedra descend from several generations of winegrowers working in the municipality of La Seca in Rueda, Castilla y Leon, Spain. Although there are records of the Cantalapiedras’ grape-growing dating to the 19th century, the birth of the current estate can be traced to 1949, when patriarch Heliodoro planted his first vineyard at the tender age of 15. For many years, Heliodoro’s son Isaac worked alongside him, and together they built a 20-hectare domaine that is now certified organic. Being farmers first, Manuel and Isaac strive to go beyond organic, incorporating many biodynamic practices into their viticulture. Their grapes are often harvested later than other producers in the region, with about 7 hectares of their fruit vinified by the Cantalapiedras, while the rest is sold to the old relationships of the family. In the cellar, Manuel utilizes wild yeasts for fermentation, minimal amounts of sulfur, and no other additions. 

Arenisca is a cuvee of 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) from the Paraje Los Panaderos vineyard in neighboring Benialbo (within D.O. Toro), which is among the highest elevation sites in the appellation. Grapes were hand-harvested, wild yeast fermented with 40% stem inclusion in open vats with 30 days of maceration, then raised for 11 months in used French oak barrels. The finished wine is unfiltered and just a touch of sulfur is added at bottling. While typical wines of Toro tend to be very extracted, tannic and rich, Arenisca has structure, acidity and balance, while still maintaining the typical fruit character of Tinta de Toro.

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