6 months of aging in both French and American Oak
Vinalies 2011, Gold Medal.
This is a vibrant example of all that is fascinating about the Mencía grape: intensely bright fruits of blueberries and raspberries accompanied by an herbal and floral note, like rosemary and rosehips. American oak dustiness adds to the fun and character of the wine. Such a wine is indispensible at the table; grilled fish, vegetarian dishes, and lighter meats are perfect for the wine’s medium weight and succulent personality. Drink soon or in the next few years.
The 100% Mencía grapes for this wine come from gobelet-pruned, 40-year-old vines from hillside and river bench vineyards with clay and calcareous soils and located in three different areas—Cabanelas, Valtuille and Almázcara. After green pruning and leaf removal, the grapes are handpicked in small, 15kg crates with manual selection on the sorting table. Following an 18-day alcoholic fermentation at 28ºC, the wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. All of the wine is aged for four to seven months in lightly toasted French and American barriques. The wine is naturally clarified but never filtered.
About the Winery
Northwest of León is Bierzo, a wine region where the climate and the soils are excellent for growing wine grapes. Dominio de Tares belongs to the Group Dominio de Tares, which is composed of three wineries. Its main aims are to strive constantly to produce exceptional wines, to honor grape growing and vinifying traditions, and to produce monovarietal wines from indigenous varieties.