La Vizcaina Bierzo Tinto La Vitoriana 2014

La Vizcaina Bierzo Tinto La Vitoriana 2014  -
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Bierzo is in the north-western portion of Spain, north of
Portugal, and all the vineyards are based in the hometown of Raúl Pérez called
Vatuille de Abajo. This vineyard spans 4.4 acres and was planted in 1890 on
sand and clay soils. 127-year-old vines! How in the world is that possible!? The
blend is mostly Mencía but with splashes of Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha
Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet), Doña Blanca, and Palomino. Raúl uses whole
cluster fermentation in large oak vats followed by one year of aging in 225L
and 500L barrels. He bottles without fining or filtration. This is an excellent,
under the radar village food wine, that I was happy to come across at a recent
importer tasting in San Francisco. Pair with pepper steak, pastrami, carne
asada, wild rice, lentils, dishes that are spiced with nutmeg, clove, fennel, or
Idiazabal cheese.

Get local with your pronunciation and
say Mencía like this… “Men-thee-ah”

Technical Information
  • Blend Mencia
  • Country Spain
  • Region Castilla y Leon
  • Appellation Bierzo