2018 Lomo Alto (red blend), Castillo de Aresan, Castilla, Spain
You'll be very hard-pressed to find a more impressive wine at this price than this absolute cracker from Castillo de Aresan. Few wines pack so much flavour and texture into such a well-priced package.
In 2018 all 200ha of the Castillo de Aresan estate received organic certification, the first estate in La Mancha in central Spain to fully convert. This 2017 wine was produced before the certification, but it was produced during the conversion following organic principles. This commitment to high standards of production is clear to see in the finished wines from this estate which are all exceptional wines for their price.
The Lomo Alto is one of the stars of their range. It's a blend of grapes (Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot), all of which perform well in the hot La Mancha climate. The vineyards are at an average 750m altitude, so the cooler nighttime temperatures ensure the grapes retain a good level of acidity and lead to well-balanced wines.
This wine isn't barrel-aged, however, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is, such is the depth and complexity of flavour. It's rich in texture and has concentrated flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and sweet spice.
The bottle's label suggests that this is a wine to accompany your favourite cut of beef. Indeed it will do very well, but to be honest, this is a wine to be enjoyed every day of the week with whatever you're eating. We certainly do.