Mengoba Bierzo Brezo Mencía 2018

$29.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

It's business as usual for Gregory Perez's entry level Mencia, which again stacks up against much higher priced Bierzo examples. The source vineyards were at Horta and Villafranca-sandy and clay rich sites in the foothills of high Bierzo at an elevation of 550m. At this altitude, the nights are very fresh and the grapes retain plenty of cleansing acidity. After a sorting, the fruit was mostly destemmed, crushed and left to ferment in tank. Pérez worked with around 20% whole bunches to impart complexity and backbone.

It's such a versatile wine, wonderfully aromatic, juicy and long, brimming with vibrant cherry and iodine notes. On the palate, raspberry fruit is matched with elegant tannins, the high-grown Mencía character shining through in a blend that also includes a small amount of Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouchet) that adds to the wine's freshness, structure, deep colour and perfume.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Mencia Garnacha Tintorera
Country Spain
Region Bierzo
Brand Bodegas Mengoba
Vintage 2018

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – “I loved the nose of the 2016 Brezo Mencía as soon as I put my nose in the glass. It was floral, a little heady, expressive and intoxicating, with notes reminiscent of malted cereals, decayed violets, earth and spices. The palate is juicy with a soft, approachable texture, very nice balance and freshness and a tasty finish. As it comes from old vineyards, it always contains a percentage of other grapes, mostly Garnacha Tintorera. This looks like a steal!” 91+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #232

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