GRAPE: Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera
APPELLATION: Bierzo DO
VINIFICATION: Harvesting and crushing are both carried out by hand. Alcoholic fermentation takes place at maximum controlled temperatures of 24-25ºC in small 10,000-litre vats. Afterwards the wine is left to age for a period of 8 months in American (Missouri) oak, with the aim of obtaining the optimum blend of fruit and wood.
TASTING NOTES: Thick, tannic and delicious, with a slight acidic note, which, as well as lively and vivacious, predicts a long shelf life. Raspberry and strawberry dominate over the American oak induced vanilla. An intense, clean and direct wine, which opens from the onset in anticipation of the varietal’s full potential: primary aromas are accompanied by wood in the form of vanilla but not as the leading component.
FOOD PAIRING: Beef burgers with blue cheese, barbecued beef with dry marinade, braised lamb shoulder with red-wine sauce and beets, duck Salad with strawberries, filet mignon with peppercorn sauce, Mexican-style chicken, rib-eye steak with parmesan and salad, tortillas with steak and grilled vegetable and soups.
90 Points by Wine Advocate (Robert Parker); Vintage 2015
93 Points by James Suckling; Vintage 2015