Vinos Valtuille Pago de Valdoneje 2007
Mencía is the grape of choice in this Continental climate. And the García family, owners of the Valdoneje plot, have some really old vine mencía. At least 80 year old, planted by their previous generations. With this raw material Dimas García founded in 1999 Vinos Valtuille, and his son Marcos continues with his work, based on good care for the land and an obsession for quality over quantity. They strongly believe in the idea of remaining small to deliver the best quality possible, but this hasn´t been an obstacle for being present in so many different markets, including China, Brasil, Germany, the UK and Japan. They only make two wines, both of them 100% Mencía: one for early consumption and the other one, Viñas Viejas, meant to be aged and enjoyed over time.
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.
Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.