Alfredo Maestro is an autodidact, he planted his first vineyards in 1998 when he returned to his native Penafiel, he met with lots of old local growers, listened to their stories and decided almost immediately that the bureaucracy linked with making Ribera del Duero wines was not for him. Although his vineyards are located entirely within the Ribera del Duero D.O., he bottles all his wines under the more generic Vino de la Tierra de Castillo y León appellation. But these are no generic wines, these are some of the most exciting wines being made in the region. His vineyards are located at 920 meters above sea level, among the highest elevation in the region. The soil is clay, with notable top layer of river stones. His are completely natural wines, with no sulfur added in the vineyard or the winery. All vineyard treatments are natural, and many of them follow biodynamic practices.
‘Deeply coloured. At first, quite funky on nose with farmyard and wild black fruits. With air, this initial funkiness gave way to a dark, brambly character with notes of just-ground peppercorns and balsamic notes. Dry on palate, with grippy, chewy tannins and fresh, dark fruits. Medium-bodied, but with lots of depth and intensity, this is still very youthful and only beginning to show its quality on this tasting-needs plenty of aeration at the moment and will only improve with another few months in bottle. ‘ Claire O’Boyle-Gallagher