Aged 8 months in oak barrels
100% Mencía grapes
This wine, which takes its name from the bodega, is made from the grapes grown at the Finca Valdepiñeiro estate, at altitudes which vary between 400 and 600 meters above sea-level. These vineyards are planted in more developed soils with higher clay content, emphasising the varietal’s potential.
Harvesting and crushing are both carried out by hand. Alcoholic fermentation takes place at maximum controlled temperatures of 24-25ºC in small 10,000-litre vats. Afterwards the wine is left to age for a period of 8 months in American (Missouri) oak, with the aim of obtaining the optimum blend of fruit and wood.
This wine presents a brilliant and limpid red-purple colour, good depth and legs, indicating its glycerine content. Before swirling the wine in the glass, raspberry aromas can be appreciated; swirling the glass releases a burst of vanilla from American oak in perfect balance with the fruit.
In the mouth it reveals itself as thick, tannic and delicious, with a slight acidic note, which, as well as lively and vivacious, predicts a long shelf life. Raspberry and strawberry dominate over the American oak induced vanilla. An intense, clean and direct wine, which opens from the onset in anticipation of the varietal’s full potential: primary aromas are accompanied by wood in the form of vanilla but not as the leading component.
This outstanding Bierzo wine combines perfectly with red meats, barbecue grilled meat, game, roasts, cured meats, foie, and soups and broths.
Awards & Accolades:
- 90 points, Wine Advocate 2011.
- 92 points, Peñin Guide 2012
- 90 points, Wine Spectator 2012
- Gold Medal, Mundusvini 2012
- 90 points, Stephen Tanzer´s International Wine Cellar.