This wine comes from the Quality Wine Region of Valtiendas. The region is in the Northeast of the province of Segovia abutting its more famous neighbor, Ribera del Duero. A key difference versus Ribera del Duero is the altitude of the vineyards, 900 meters and higher. Currently there are 5 recognized Bodegas in the region, with 100 hectares under cultivation.
This is the first vintage of Evolet, a new brand for restaurateur and winemaker Oscar Hernando. This wine is produced with 100% Tempranillo grapes, from 20 year old vines planted in very chalky soils at 900 meters above sea level. Grapes were hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel tank. The wine was then aged in 500 L oak barrels for 6 months.
View from the Cellar
The 2012 Evolet selected by Aurelio Cabestrero is composed entirely of tempranillo, which are planted in a very chalky vineyard situated at nine hundred meters above sea level. The wine is raised for six months in used casks, in a combination of seventy percent French oak and thirty percent American oak. The 2012 comes in at an even fourteen percent octane and offers up a fine nose of black cherries, plums, espresso, a bit of cigar wrapper and a fairly generous serving of oak spice. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a good core, fine-grained tannins and impressive length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This is eminently approachable today, but has the structure to also repay cellaring and will probably be even better with a bit more bottle age. It is an excellent value, retailing here in the US for twenty-one dollars a bottle! I should note that this wine really blossoms nicely with a bit of aeration and is best decanted for fifteen or twenty minutes before serving, just to allow its secondary layers of complexity to settle in. 2017-2035. Jan/Feb 2017
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Cherry, dark
berries, cola and peppery spices on the fragrant nose. Smooth, pliant and sweet, boasting very good breadth
to its ripe blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors. Finishes sappy, broad and long, with lingering spiciness and
no obvious tannins. “Focus on Spain” Issue 176 Sept/Oct 2014
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Under the intense sun of Valtiendas, in the heart of Castilla, this tempranillo shows its power. It is ripe, voluptuous, full of black fruit and sweet spice. It needs lamb. August, 2016