Castilla y La Mancha in the past had a reputation for unimaginative wine, as it is a vast area that had many cooperatives producing millions of bottles each year. In recent years, however, the region has evolved and is realizing its potential for organic wine! Now, many winemakers work in harmony with the land to deliver impressive wines with little to no manipulation. Camino Alto (which means 'high road') sits within the northwest corner of La Mancha DO, very close to Toledo, however chooses to demarcate their wines to VdlT Castilla, to make sure the consumer doesn't consider them amongst those that have dragged down the area's reputation in the past. An organic estate located in an area called Camino Alto del Romeral, in the district of Tembleque, Camino Alto produces beautiful Tempranillo that expresses what the area can actually do when there is a little love and passion behind the land. Julio Raboso's dedication and commitment for his estate shows in his 40 hectares of land, which primarily only see the manure from the local grazing sheep, some standard pruning, and a yearly green harvest, and produce an annual production of about 300,000 bottles. With a focus on a very clean and minimalistic process, the finished bottles have lovely soul alongside the ripe and wonderful fruit character.
camino alto joven ecologico
Camino Alto Joven is made entirely from Tempranillo grapes, from the estates all organic vineyards. Being a young wine that is very fresh and easy drinking, the hot summers prove to mature these grapes with significant character. The grapes are destemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation and rest for about six months before the final wine is bottled. The end result is full of bright berries and spice, and has a gorgeous soft texture that makes this Joven not only full of rich and full flavor and style, but also comes as an easy drinker with a pleasant freshness.