Algueira Pizarra 2014

Pizarra comes from the top selection of Estate Mencía, mainly from the sun-trapping sweet spot of the Carballocovo vineyard. Pizarra is the local patois for the schist and slate soils that seem to bring a pungent, smoky minerality to the wine. Nominated, by Jesús Barquín et al in The Finest Wi...



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Varietal
Mencia
Brand Name
Algueira
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
SPAIN
Region
Ribera del Duero

Product Description

Pizarra comes from the top selection of Estate Mencía, mainly from the sun-trapping sweet spot of the Carballocovo vineyard. Pizarra is the local patois for the schist and slate soils that seem to bring a pungent, smoky minerality to the wine. Nominated, by Jesús Barquín et al in The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain, as one of Galicia's top 10 reds, this is one of the most inspiring Mencía we have had the pleasure to import. The notes below give you a fair idea of what to expect: unbridled presence and deliciousness.
"Whole clusters of Mencia are foot-trodden and fermented in oak vats, with a long maceration, and then spend 13 months in used French oak barrels. The grapes are selected from the best across their vineyards and give the wine a wild-berry and mineral profile that makes it fresh and calls for another sip." Jesús Barquín et al, The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain.

"The 2010 Algueira Pizarra is a pure Mencia vinified in exactly the same way as the previous wines. Here, there is an ebullient, pure black cherry, cranberry and blueberry jam-scented bouquet that is once again beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy, almost Cabernet Franc-like, bell pepper fruit. It has a very fine structure, a sense of symmetry, with a finely poised finish that is long and lingering, hints of dried orange peel and white pepper on the aftertaste. This is the kind of wine you want to elope with. Drink now-2017."
91 Points Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com #205


 

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