Baltos 2008

Starting at $15.99
Available in 5 U.S. Stores
Winery: Dominio de Tares
Region: DO Bierzo
Type of Wine: Red wine
Aging & Type of Oak:
6 months of aging in both French and American Oak
Annual Production(in bottles): 90,000
Awards & Recognition:
Vinalies 2011, Gold Medal.
U.S. Importer:
(215) 337-8181

Tasting Note

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.

Wine Description

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.

Visit their website:
Accepts Public Tours
Public Tasting Room

Suggested Recipe Pairings

Meatloaf with Fresh Scallions & Herbs

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Slow-Baked ‘City’ Ham

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Overstuffed Pulled-Pork Potato

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