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Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012

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Winemaker Notes

This 100% Mencia has a strong personality with a complex, elegant yet concentrated nose. The wine displays ripe red fruit notes enveloped in aromas of mineral and wildflowers along with spicy notes from the wood. It is smooth and elegant on the palate and has sweet and pleasant tannins. Its persistent and lingering finish in the mouth stands out.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Potent earthy cherry and animal aromas are neither too pushy nor overbearing. This is quite full and concentrated, with a ripe-fruit mix of black plum, blackberry and chocolate flavors. Chocolaty oak is even more out front on a deep finish. Drink through 2024.
TP 91
Tasting Panel

Dark ruby color; lush, rich, and fresh with some puckery tannins; juicy with bright plum and blackberry; creamy with good balance. 

WS 90
Wine Spectator
Cocoa and cola notes frame tart cherry and leafy flavors in this focused red. Smoky and mineral notes add interest. Light tannins and firm acidity keep this focused. Harmonious. Drink now through 2020.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Mencia fermented in stainless steel and matured in new and used 400-liter French oak barrels for one year. There are plenty of lactic aromas, akin to fruit of the forest yogurt, in a nice commercial profile. The palate shows the house style, polished and sleek with moderate acidity. 80,000 bottles produced.
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Godelia, Spain
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The bodega lies in the district of Pieros. With its typical local architecture, the old style traditional farmhouse is in perfect harmony with its beautiful surroundings in a landscape which bears witness to the passage of countless pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela.

The installations are functional and follow traditional techniques, which have been improved to ensure the utmost care for the production processes.

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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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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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