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Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2012

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14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep red claret color with violet hue towards the rim. Powerful nose with ripe red fruit and hints of violets and minerals. Fresh, elegant, clean and delicious, with plenty of varietal flavours on the palate. Sweet tannins and refreshing well-balanced acidity.

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Young, direct and plump – this is Mencía as a teenager, with just six months of oak. 2012 was a fresh vintage, but there’s plenty of ripeness here, with an overlay of spice.
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Dominio de Tares, Bierzo, Spain
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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.

One of the few northwestern Spanish regions with a focus on a red variety, Bierzo, part of Castilla y León, is home to the flowery and fruity Mencia grape. Mencia produces balanced and bright red wines full of strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, baking spice, pepper and black licorice. The well-drained soils of Bierzo are slate and granite.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.

FBR115677_2012 Item# 141599