Mengoba Brezo Mencia Tinto 2016
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.
|Varietal(s)||Mencia Garnacha Tintorera|
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
In a mixed or straight case: $23.74