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| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 2/28/2013: Mencia, black fruit with some tart blueberry underneath. Tasty. Works at $16 or so. (776 views)|
| ||Tasted by CamWheeler on 2/13/2013 & rated 88 points: Apple, some animale, pepper and more spices on the nose. Palate is savoury with that same slightly odd apple influence. There is plenty of acid but it is really quite interesting with texture and spice as well. Good at the price it is. (506 views)|
| ||Tasted by blackpoolmatt on 8/27/2012 & rated 82 points: A surprisingly big wine for the Mencía grape; at first it feels too bold and fruity, but the characteristic spiciness comes through to give the wine texture and subtlety. It definitely seems a wine that will age well. At only £8.99, very good value. (607 views)|
| ||Tasted by AlexGarner on 8/6/2012 & rated 89 points: This is a great value quaffer for the mid-week quick dinner, and delvers great value. It's quite a young beast and has a bold and racy mouthfeel with a good mix of berry and tannin.|
On the third day the little bit left in the bottle was quite developed and while affected by the air, it was still quite interesting and I'm pretty confident that this will age for a good while. The secondary characters were boiled root vegetables and the palette had softened, but still had a nice spicy finish. (781 views)
| ||Tasted by davestenton on 5/20/2012: The Real Wine Fair 2012 (London): Leafy, herbal nose. Sweet, ripe red fruit. Spicy oak. Well made and easy to like. 16/20. (811 views)|
Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba Producer website
MencíaMencia is grown in the Northwestern region of Spain near the borders of Galicia, Leon, and Zamora. Mencia produces fruity wines of great color, acidity and aging potential. It is sweet and aromatic, with a good dose of alcohol. The vines produce medium-sized clusters and fruit.
The reds made from Mencia have a characteristic velvety palate. Traditional reds are pale, fragrant and light wines. Modern winemakers are creating bolder reds, of higher concentration, expressing Mencia’s aromas and freshness. Many wineries are taking advantage of the variety ability to aging.
Rose wines are aromatic and fruity, lively, light and soft.
Spain Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia
Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net
Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.
Castilla y León Castilla y León Wine (Turismo Castilla y León )
Bierzo[[D.O.]] Bierzo is located on the western edge of the province of [[León]], next to the [[Galicia|Galician]] border. The region has a distinct microclimate, being at relatively low altitude and protected on both sides by mountains, marking a transition between the arid [[meseta]] and verdant Galicia.
The Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route passes directly through the region and the predominant red grape, [[Mencía]], was allegedly introduced by pilgrims. Mencía makes up 70% of planting and many wines are 100% Mencía. [[Garnacha Tintorera]] is the secondary red grape, although there are also experimental plantings of other varieties, including [[Merlot]] and [[Cabernet Sauvignon]]. Whites may contain [[Godello]], [[Doña Blanca]], [[Palomino]] and [[Malvasia]].
Bierzo produces much inexpensive bulk table wine but an influx of smaller bodegas around the turn of the millenium are producing modern-styled wines attracting international critical acclaim.
Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Bierzo