Alfredo Maestro grew up amongst grapevines. Born to a Basque family that relocated to the winemaking town of Peñafiel in Ribera del Duero, he knew from an early age that he would be a winemaker. Producing his first wine in 1998, he planted a vineyard on the Rio Duraton near where he lived. Self taught, his earliest vintages were textbook examples of Ribera del Duero Tinto; which is to say they were deeply concentrated and dark purple in colour. Things changed for him in the early 2000’s when he realized that by using conventional techniques he was masking the quality of his grapes. Tending his vines organically, he questioned why he should use any additives in the cellar. He eliminated the use of cultured yeasts, added acid, enzymes, and color-enhancers. He also sought out neglected parcels of old vines around the Ribera del Duero and close to Madrid. Today he has brought together 9 hectares of vines and operates 2 bodegas, producing no less than 11 cuvees from single vineyards.
The Sobrecasa is a deeper hued style of rosé, with structure closer to lighter red wines. The blend is dominated by Tempranillo, plus smaller percentages of Garnacha, Moscatel, Verdejo, and Palomino from a single vineyard in Cigales that was planted in 1932. The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and fermented without skin contact in 2,000 liter chestnut and French oak barrels. Forgoing malolactic fermentation, it was rested 6 months prior to bottling. The resulting wine has a beautiful golden coral pink colour in the glass. On the nose it shows savoury notes of blood oranges, white strawberries, apricots and dried bears. A dry and lingering finish makes this the perfect cold weather rosé.