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2008 Bodegas y Viñedos Paixar Mencía Bierzo
- Castilla y León
Community Tasting Notes 11
Cabfrancophile wrote: (89 points)
February 4, 2017 - Sandalwood, a sanguine, gamey funk, violets (R says vetiver). Has come together nicely on the palate, with tart and black fruits, medium weight and mellow tannins. Oak tannins and flavors are still noticable, but certainly much better integrated. Won't transform into a great wine due to the oak-fruit balance, but is changing nicely.
Interestingly, the funk is something I've encountered in other Mencias. It's more subdued here and complexing, though can be offputting if dominant. Perhaps there's a varietal characteristic here that stands out for Mencia.
August 24, 2016 - For my palate, this was not as good a showing as a bottle two and a half years ago. Open opening it was extraordinarily tart. Tart in a way I don't recall having experienced before. After about 20 minutes in the glass, the fruit came out to play. This isn't as big as some of the other Mencia's I've had, which is fine in my view, but didn't seem to have the finesse of the last bottle. This one drank like Grenache to that bottle's pinot.
SonomaCoaster Likes this wine: (93 points)
July 10, 2016 - Really great mencia, perfect pairing with grilled steak. Very rich fruit, red and black cherries with a stony minerality. Secondary notes of spice and leather. Smooth tannins and mouthfeel, perhaps the best surprise. Lots of life left.
John O' Likes this wine:
December 27, 2014 - very nice, right from the pop
November 19, 2014 - Medium-deep crimson in color. Heady and bright on the nose, with rich, sweet red fruit aromas of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, and strawberry jam. Quite floral as well, with fresh and dried roses, as well as quite a bit of baking spice. Nosing this blind, I definitely would have called it a grenache-based blend. Nice silky texture on the palate, with good flavor intensity despite feeling quite light on its feet. The flavor profile is of macerated ripe red fruit, rosewater, herb, and a bit of dusty mineral, and it surprises you a bit with some firm wood tannins on the finish, which is otherwise crisp and juicy, with a sprinkling of spice and a touch of heat. I do think the tannin makes it a tad off-balance at the moment as there seems to be a bit too much structure for the body and weight.
Expressive and enjoyable. A bit off-kilter structure-wise, but perhaps that will even out with age; I don’t have enough experience with this style of wine to know. But it is still showing very young at age 6.
Pro Reviews 1
By Josh Raynolds
September/October 2011, IWC Issue #158 (link)
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- Vintage 2008
- Type Red
- Producer Bodegas y Viñedos Paixar
- Varietal Mencía
- Designation n/a
- Vineyard n/a
- Country Spain
- Region Castilla y León
- SubRegion n/a
- Appellation Bierzo
- Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
- In Cellars 125 (72%)
- Consumed 46 (27%)
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