Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2009 Front Label
Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2009 Front Label

Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2009

Mencia from Spain
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Winemaker Notes

The Cuatro Pasos opens to morello cherry red color in the glass with violet reflections. Medium-high intensity. The varietal aromas of red fruits predominate with a subtle hint of toasting of wood. Elegant and balanced in the mouth.

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Not so for the 2009 Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia (100%). Sourced from 80-year-old vines planted on pure slate, it offers up an alluring nose of earthy minerality, lead pencil shavings, incense, and black raspberry. Ripe, lengthy, and supple-textured, it is a great value for drinking over the next 5 years.
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The discovery of four bear footprints in a magnificent vineyard in the highest areas of the Bierzo inspired the name of this wine. Four firm steps are necessary to reach excellence: the selection of the land, the care of the vine, a suitable climate and carefulness in the elaboration.

Four places: Otero, Hornija, Corullón y Valtuille with four different stories that define the character of their people and vines. And this is how Four Steps came about, 100% Mencía elaborated from grapes chosen from the over 80-year-old vines from the slated lands located in the high areas of the Bierzo region.

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Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.

Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.

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