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Bodegas Peique Ramon Valle Mencia 2012 – A Blending Grape Stands Alone

Bodegas Peique, Ramon Valle Mencia 2012, Bierzo, Spain, Wine Casual

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.

Rating: 90 points
Price: $14
Alcohol: 14.5%
Importer: Steve Miles Selections Inc., Denver, Colorado
Tasted: Home
Tasting Date: July 27, 2017

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