Bodegas Peique, Ramon Valle Mencia 2012, Bierzo, Spain
Tasting Note: You probably have no preconceptions about the Bierzo region of Spain.
Good, because this region is known for Mencia which is often a blending grape in Rioja but often stands on its own in Bierzo.
Mencia tends to add body and structure to blends.
Medium-to-deep intensity ruby in color this wine has an aromatic nose of black plum, black cherry, raspberry, clove and vanilla baking spice.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied mencia expresses black fruit flavors suggested on the nose backed by medium-acidity and ripe, velvety, medium-plus tannin.
The wine has a creamy texture and ripe fruit restraint that is reminiscent of the Old World.
Bottle Note: 100% Mencia. 55 year old vines. 7 months oak. 3 months bottle. Our grandfather Ramon Valle planted and cared at the middle of the last century the vineyard where this wine is born.
Importer: Steve Miles Selections Inc., Denver, Colorado
Tasting Date: July 27, 2017