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2008 Bodegas y Viñedos Paixar Mencía Bierzo
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Community Tasting Notes 7
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.
patsox wrote: (87 points)
April 23, 2014 - Sturdy and flavorful.
Cabfrancophile wrote: (87 points)
November 23, 2013 - Mixed results at this stage. Very interesting nose--violets, herbs, slightly feral, open even with minimal decanting. Heavily oaked palate attacks with tart pomegranate and blackberry, dense texture. Kind of an odd flavor progression as the acidity doesn't translate to the midpalate through the finish. Suddenly becomes earthy with a heavy dose of wood tannin. Hold for 5 years, though I am concerned about whether the wine has the stuffing to eventually balance the oak.1 person found this helpful Comment
Colia wrote: (91 points)
May 8, 2013 - Bone dry, with powerful dried red and black fruits and serious barrel spices. Long finish, great balance and texture.
RussK wrote: (91 points)
February 22, 2013 - Russk WW at Lola's. One of the more interesting ones if not a WOTN. Once I knew it was Mencia it all made sense. Almost no sweetness, Sp aromatics. Firm but nice tannins, paired with that liquid finish.
Pro Reviews 1
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Josh Raynolds
September/October 2011, 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 134 (81%)
- Consumed 29 (18%)