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Date Printed: 3/28/2015
Benaza Mencia 2009
Benaza Mencia 2009
(search item no. 113085)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 3/28/2015: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The red is 80% Mencía, 10% Bastardo, and 10% Arauxa (Tempranillo). The wine is fermented and raised in tank, aging for 4 months before bottling. Only 500 cases are produced annually. This is an unoaked version of Mencia and is very elegant and fresh. Drink within the next 3-5 years.
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About Benaza:

Once sold mainly for bulk production, wines from Galicia are now playing a game of catchup with other regions in Spain. With multiple single estates springing up, there are going to be many more fantastic wines coming out of this north-western area bordering Portugal. Most people are already familiar with Albariño from Rias Baix, but there are several other DO’s which are less known but ready to breakthrough: Ribiero, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and of course Monterrei. Godello (aka Verdelho and Gouveio) is a grape with the widest planting in Monterrei and Valdeorras where it yields crisp white wine of good character. Alvaro Bueno is a talented winemaker producing wines from Monterrei of great quality and value!