Finca Volvoreta (Vina Zangarron)
“Vina Zangarron (Volvoreta) is pioneer in organic farming in the Toro region and is experimenting with amphorae and bottling some of their wines without any added sulphur.” -Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate
Founded in the early 1990’s, Finca Volvoreta was the first winery to obtain organic certification in the Toro D.O. The father/daughter team of Antonio and María Alfonso make Toro with a light touch. The name Volvoreta, which is Gallego for butterfly, seems to echo this. The estate farms 15 hectare of vineyards within their 100 hectare property high in the hills near Zamora. Located at 800 meters above sea level, the land is sublime; forests, wild herbs, insects and birds form a natural biodiversity that helps in maintaining their biodynamic philosophy. The Douro River is responsible for the deep, loamy, gravely, and sandy soil while the grass cover in the vineyards allows greater mineralization of organic matter, improves soil structure, minimizes erosion and compaction, and maintains the native flora and fauna. A naturally low pH in the vineyards manifests itself in the structure of the wines, which are naturally light on their feet.
In their ancient cellar, carved from rock over 400 years ago, everything is done to minimize intervention. Fermentations are spontaneous and minimal aging is done in a variety of vessels in order to maintain typicity.
“The young and fruit-driven 2015 Flores de Cerezo had a nose that reminded me of carbonic maceration, with bright fruit and some flowers. All wines here ferment with indigenous yeasts and this one matured in French barriques for six months before it was bottled in June 2016. The palate is juicy and fresh, with a slightly bittersweet, pleasant finish. Very good value.” 89 Points – Luis Gutierrez Issue 229, The Wine Advocate - 28th Feb 2017
Viña Zangarrón are pioneers in organic farming in the Toro region. They are experimenting with amphorae and bottling some of their wines without any added sulphur.
Flores de Cerezo Toro 2016
Flores de Cerezo, meaning cherry blossoms in Spanish is the (not so) young vines cuvee from Finca Volvoreta. The grapes come from 30 year old Tinta del Toro vines planted in a biodynamically farmed vineyard on sandy, loamy and stony soils at 800 meters in elevation. The wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic in used, second year French barrique, where it remains for only five months before bottling. The wine is remarkably fresh and nimble for the region. Only 71 mg/l of SO2.
Review: 2014 Finca Volvoreta Flores de Cerezo
Vivid purple. Intense cherry, dark berry and floral pastille qualities on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. At once silky and nicely focused, with a firm spine of juicy acidity providing lift and structure. Closes with gentle grip and very good persistence, the sneaky tannins framing the wine's juicy fruit. 90 Points -- Josh Raynolds Vinous.com Dec 2015