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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Dominio de Tares Mencia 2003
Dominio de Tares Mencia 2003
(search item no. 80163)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A real-deal, modern wine. Among the many imposters coming out of Spain, this beefy, ripe, muscled red tosses up cinnamon and earth before a free flow of plum, black cherry and berry fruit. Thick, chewy and balanced, with mounds of coffee and fudge waiting on the finish. Not subtle but a lot of fun to drink, especially given the price."
-Wine Enthusiast 90 Points

Aged nearly six months in American and French oak following malolactic in the same barrels, richness imparted by the oak does not interfere with the berry-mineral elegance of the fruit. Will age well for several years. Made from 30+ year-old-vine Mencia (the precursor to Cabernet Franc) this unique, tasty wine displays intense varietal red fruit with oak in perfect harmony.

El Bierzo is a bowl-like depression ringed by snowcapped peaks, its unique geological formation attributed to Roman master engineering (according to locals, the Romans drained an ancient mountain lake to access the mineral riches beneath its waters). On the frontier between Castilla y León and Galicia, its climate is moderated by a mixture of Continental and Atlantic influence. Soils are mineral, slate and quartzite predominating. El Bierzo's predominant local variety is the Mencía, descended from grapes brought by the Roman settlers and generally regarded as the immediate precursor to the Cabernet Franc. A great majority of the vines are over 30 years old.

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About Dominio de Tares:

Dominio de Tares was formed in 2000 by an enthusiastic group of local investors, leading a quality resurgence following years of neglect in the area. Given Bierzo’s ideal, fresh/mineral terroir and the old Mencía vines, quality at the highest level was an immediate possibility. Amancio Fernández, Bierzo native and one of Spain’s brightest young enologists, brought intimate knowledge of local viticulture to bear, working from the start with the area’s most serious growers in order to obtain the very best fruit.