Covered ripe sweet-cherry color, with a purple, clean and shiny hue. A mixture of red and black fruit, spices (black pepper, cinnamon), chocolate, young toasty wood and a mineral balsamic background on the nose. Full, fleshy, velvety, very good structure without being astringent, sweet tannins, balanced glyceric fruit. Balsamic finish with licorice notes and a sweet bitterness in the finish.
"The 2009 Ramon Valle is also Mencia but from 55-year-old vines on slate aged for 6 months in barrel. More deeply colored and revealing a perfume of brooding black fruits along with licorice and espresso, in the glass it is dense, balanced and structured enough to evolve for 1-2 years. This lengthy effort is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 4-5 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Aromas of crushed red berry skin,
flowers and minerals, plus a hint of smoky herbs.
Bright and focused, with intense cherry and raspberry
flavors that gain sweetness with air. Shows a wild,
vaguely medicinal amaro quality on the long,
penetrating finish. I suspect that this could age well
on its balance."
International Wine Cellar
Fruity & Smooth
wild mushrooms, jamon serrano, roast pork loin
Great old vine mencia from Bierzo. Deep concentrated with good structure, acidity, and minerality...
The best red wine under $20 I've had in a year. Just ordering a case.
Smooth & Supple
Terrific value! A smooth & supple red, with lots of chocolate and black cherry,, a touch of spice, and an all around plush mouthfeel. It's fruit-forward in a new world style, but with an old world kick. Balanced, easy drinking