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Mencia (joven) 2011

Ribeira Sacra (Galicia), Spain

100% mencia

Tasted May 2013- The first thing that hit the team was the stark crackling of the acids in this wine. We could almost smell the freshness about to happen, the bite it would have at impact but wonderous fruit substance poured through to soften the blow. Deep black currants, blueberry sweet-tart, red cherries and fresh figs alluring filled the palate, equally tender as it was tense. Melding into this was the bitter satisfaction not unlike charred sweet peppers that challenged the opulence. And a aromatized herb, close to tarragon added its coloring to this purple tasting fruit. The super-fine tannin structure made this texture so agreeable, hidden until long into the finish, where a bit of graphite, black pepper and the medicinal tinge of grey stones/slate played out. All at once this Mencia, true to form, was round, soft, puckery and freshly weighted while immersed in ripeness. Superb!


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The Label

Producer: Adega Alqueira
Wine (proprietary name): Mencia (joven)
Vintage: 2011
Labeled as: varietal title
Country of origin: Spain
Region: Ribeira Sacra
Area/Appellation: Ribeira Sacra (Galicia)
Classification of Appellation: d.o.
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 13.50

The Winemaking

Assistant Winemaker:
First Date of Production:
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest:
Method of Crush/Pressing:
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: N
Temperature Controlled: N
Free Run Juice Only: N
Gravity Fed to Vessels: N
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Stainless Steal/Inox
Size of Vessel:
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Naturally Occured
Type of Yeasts: Native Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 0
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: N
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Stainless Steal/Inox
Origin of Barrels (if used):
Size of Barrels Used: 0
Length of Maturation: 0 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: N
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): N
Moved to Multiple Vessels?:
Date of Bottling: 2012-05-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 0 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 13.50
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted:
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Sourced from other Vineyards
Exposition of Vineyards: SE, SW
Soil Type(s): Schistic shale soils and decomposed sandstones
Elevation of Vineyards: 220-400 m
Vineyards Description: Steep Slopes
Average Age of Vines:
Farming Methods: Organic
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: