Varieties: 100% Mencia.
Tasting notes: Four bear prints discovered in a magnificent vineyard of the highest areas of Bierzo inspired the name of this wine. Four firm steps are essential to achieve excellence: Ground selection, care of the vine, suitable climate and care in the preparation. Four places: Otero, Hornija, Corullón and Valtuille four stories that define the character of its people and its vineyards. Thus was born Cuatro Pasos, 100% Mencia prepared from selected strains over 80 years slate soils from high areas of the Bierzo grapes. After the wine's short aging is completed in oak barrels four native forests: American, Allier, Limousine and Nevers. Cherry red color with purple hues. In high intensity nose average. Predominant varietal aromas of red fruits with a subtle hint of toasted wood. The palate is powerful and satiny, with gentle tannins nicely inserted. Fruity sensations and mineral notes appear. Fruity aftertaste.
Pairing: grilled or stewed meat, small game, carpaccio, cured meat, pasta, pate, sautéed vegetables and feta cheese.
Temperature: Serve between 16 and 18ºC.
International Wine Cellar - September / October 2013 - Stephen Tanzer: 90 pts - "(all dementia, made in stainless steel).. Bright purple Smoke- and mineral-accented dark berry and licorice scents are Lifted by a Spicy and peppery quality required , Offering tangy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a silky texture. The minerally quality sharpens the long, tactile finish, dusty tannins Which features and a note of allspice. "
Penin Guide 2014: 90 pts - "Color cherry, purple rim Aroma sweet spices, ripe fruit, red fruit Taste flavourful, fruity, fresh..."
Wine Advocate # 1113 - November 2013 - Robert Parker: 86 pts - "A custom cuvee designed for Importer Eric Solomon, the 2011 Four Steps comes from one of the highest elevation vineyards in the appellation Bierzo Made from 100% Mencia (80-year. -old vines), it exhibits a classic Loire Valley Cabernet Franc character of blueberry, forest floor and floral características. This light to medium-bodied, crisp, fresh red Should be Consumed over the next several years. "
Other interesting facts: Four Steps Bodegas is the project of Bodegas Martin Codax in OJ Bierzo. In 2003 the rehabilitation of an old wine starts in the historic center of Cacabelos. Produces three varietal wines of Mencia, Martín Sarmiento, Four Steps Four Steps Rosado and Tinto.