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La Vizcaina La Vitoriana Tinto 2013

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100% Mencia from 90-year-old vines planted in clay soils at 2000 feet altitude.

Whole cluster fermentation in large oak vat. Aged 12 months in 225L French barrels. 1980 bottles produced

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 La Vizcaína La Vitoriana is Raúl Pérez's favorite vineyard in the Vizcaína project, one of the oldest vineyards in the family. It shows perfectly ripe red fruit, zero oak and very good freshness. The palate feels very compact and balanced, fine and elegant, with fresh, almost citric acidity and great length. Some 4,000-4,500 bottles are produced depending on the vintage.
WS 93
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Fresh and energetic, this light red bursts with cherry, berry, mountain herb and mineral flavors. Light tannins and lively acidity lend focus. Vibrant and expressive. Drink now through 2023.
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La Vizcaina is a relatively new project from Raul Purez that explores the hillside crus around his hometown of Vatuille de Abajo. Four reds and one white are produced under the name, all from vines with over fifty years of average age. Though all the red wines Raul produces in the Bierzo D.O. are labelled as 100% Mencía, they all in fact contain significant quantities of other local grapes.

The rich varietal diversity found in Galicia is due in large part to the famous Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in the town of Santiago de Compostela, the earliest references to which date back to the 9th century. The monks who made the journey would often carry vine cuttings from their home regions in their packs to offer as gifts to the Spanish monasteries that would put them up along the way. This is certainly the explanation for the preponderance of Trousseau found throughout northwestern Spain.

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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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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