Mengoba Mencia 2014
This wine is fermented with a portion of whole bunches (20%) and raised only in large 5000-litre Grenier foudre. The Mencía fruit - which accounts for 85% of the blend - hails from two, slate-laden plots in the Bierzo mountains. The first plot is Pérez's marquee Espanillo vineyard, where the average age of the bush vines is 80 years old. The second site (accounting for 40% of the blend) is a 30-year-old vineyard in Valtuille that sits at 550-metres altitude. Pérez also blends in around 15% Garnacha Tintorera. Everything is co-fermented in tank before being raised in foudre. The result is a lovely, juicy, medium bodied Mencía; fresh, jubey and supple, with the Garnacha T. adding drive, perfume and powdery tannin. There is considerably more finesse and fruit purity here. More perfume and freshness too. That said, it has more stuffing than many Mencía you might find at this price point and expresses its high grown origins with its perfume, intensity and brightness. A lovely value from the new Spain.
|Varietal(s)||Mencia Garnacha Tintorera|
In a mixed or straight case: $36.09
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