By Le Sommelier a “Certified Good Food Fighter”
In this Saturday’s VINTAGES release, we have two wines from the Iberian peninsula that are sure to wow you!
The Peique Joven is made from old vine Mencia grapes, grown in Spain’s Northwestern region of Bierzo. A steal at only $13.95 (89 points Wine Advocate)! If you travel about four hours due west, you will arrive at where the grapes for Quinta Nova’s Pomares were grown – the Douro Valley in Portugal. Known historically for their sweet wines, the region has been making dry wines for some time now with great success. The Pomares is full flavoured, with lots of character which Jamie Goode awarded 90 points, for $16.95! We’re talking tremendous value here people!! They are both great finds, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Tinto Mencia 2009
“The 2009 Tinto… was aged in stainless steel sur lie for 2 months. It is a saturated purple color with an expressive perfume of mineral, spicy black fruits, and violets. On the palate it has excellent volume, succulent flavors, lively acidity, and a lengthy finish for its humble price. It is an outstanding value and a great introduction to the Mencia grape.”
(Jay Miller, robertparker.com, April 2010)
“Nice price for a nice, juicy, fruity, fresh and lively wine, made from 50 year-old mencía vines in northwestern Spain. Wood is very discreet (just two months in oak), though the reductive side gives this a toasty, coffee ground quality typical of the grape, alongside fresh blackberry and plum. Zesty acid. A great grilled sausages, lamb chops or flank steak style of wine Tasted February 2011. Value Rating: ***”
“This deep purple youngster has a very generous nose of plums, blackberry and violets with a note of red licorice. It is quite smooth, and full bodied with a fleshy texture and fairly soft tannin. Very good length with a distinct licorice note coming to the finish. Great value. Tasted March 2011.”
The vines for this wine are 50 years old.