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Campos da Neboa Mencia 2013

Mencia from Spain
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    Winemaker Notes

    Slightly more refined than the wines from the clay soils of the Bierzo, this wine is bursting with blackberry and cherry flavors, with a certain weight in the mouth but extremely refined tannins.

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    Campos da Neboa, Spain
    These family-owned vineyards cover some 30 hectares in and around the village of Córgomo, in the heart of Valdeorras. Godello and Mencía are the major varieties and most of the vineyards are between 15 and 35 years old. Most importantly, all of the different plots of vineyard which are used to make Campos da Néboa sit above the valley floors, away from the morning mists and humidity, at between 400 and 600m above sea level. There are different types of soil at different plots, but all are variations on types of slate, from dark grey to light brown, with differing levels of organic content.

    This family-owned winery was first built in 1998 and has slowly expanded since. Due to the vineyards being at different altitudes, the grapes reach ripeness at different times and as each vineyard is harvested it is fermented separately in stainless steel at around 16ºC for the Godello and 24ºC for the Mencía. In order to give the Mencía a greater roundness on the palate and avoid its reductive characteristics, it is given a little microoxygenation during the fermentation. These wines have been given the name Campos da Néboa. “Néboa” is the Galician word for mist and this is the inspiration for wines from this region. The winery sits high on a hillside overlooking the Sil, looking down into mists which sit in the bottom of the valley.

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    Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

    Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

    Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

    Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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    Calling the far western appellations of the Iberian Peninsula home, Mencia was once only deemed capable of producing simple and light red wines. But post-phylloxera growers only planted this variety on low, fertile plains, which produced high yields and uncomplicated finished wines. The recent rediscovery of the ancient, abandoned vines planted on rugged hillsides of deep schist has unveiled the potential of Mencia and added discredit to its old reputation. Primarily found in the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras regions of Spain and in the Dão of Portugal (where it is called Jaen), Mencia is an early ripening, low acid grape that can produce wines of great concentration, complexity and ageability.

    In the Glass

    The best Mencia possess characters such as raspberry, red currant, boysenberry, pomegranate, black licorice, spice cake, black pepper, Asian spice and crushed gravel. Some styles remain light and fruit dominant while the more serious versions, aged in new oak, will be more complex and concentrated.

    Food Pairings

    Excellent with all manner of meat dishes: Steak au Poivre, corned beef, charcuterie, game, carne asada, etc, Mencia will also work with many vegetarian dishes such as grilled portabello, mushroom risotto, wild rice pilaf and smoked tofu.

    Sommelier Secret

    Never had Mencia? Well if you like Pinot Noir and other aromatic reds (like Gamay), definitely investigate Mencia. Many affordable options abound as well as higher-end, more complex versions. Often the latter contain other varieties for adding depth and complexity, or come from the extremely old vines.

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