I've said before that this is a sleeper, and I still think its ture. Tempranillo and Garnarcha get all the big press, but well made Mencia wines are stunning and offer something quite different. I took this to an offline last week and did the blind options thing. Unfortunately people know I'm going to bring Spanish, but no one guessed that this was Mencia. In fact most people had never heard of it. But besides being a great options wine, its an excellent wine in its own right. Whenever someone asks me for a suggestion for something a bit different but great, this is the wine that comes to mind time after time. A bit of a price rise on this one too.
Its's open and going right from the start, seriously great fruit here: blackcurrent, blueberry and subtle cherry loaded up with earthy notes, a bit of mocha and violets. Oooh, those tannins are bloody good. I always love the fleshy tannins in this wine, they give the wine a texture that takes it to another level. Balanced and very long on the finish. The palate shows blackberry and blueberry fruit with roasted coconut, sage, mocha and minerals. More minerals on the finish. A spanking wine that I just want more of. A monty for the cellar, drink from 2011. 94+ Pts
Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $115 Closure: Conventional Cork