November 2012 Selection

Bierzo, mountain wines

November 2012 Selection

Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2008 (2 bottles)
Luna Beberide Finca La Cuesta 2010 (2 bottles)
Flor de Brezo 2010 (2 bottles)

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Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2008 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Dominio de Tares Bierzo, Spain Mencia

Bottle: 11.40 € club members / 12.95 € non-members


Here we have a rounded, feminine and well-designed wine, the sort of wine to suit everyone’s taste. A creamy wine in all respects (dense tears, maturity on the nose and smooth juiciness on the palate), that presents the Mencia’s fruit character with interesting but always complementary ageing notes (good work with the wood), and offers real pleasure. A wine to enjoy on its own or on any occasion, a wine for conversation but also a good companion to marinated meat dishes or a fine fillet, for example. A more detailed description is available for you below.

As its name clearly indicates, Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas is made using Mencia grapes grown on vines over 60 years old, from vineyards cultivated on terraces and hill-slopes with gravel and slate soils, a location that contributes to their ripeness and elegance. In appearance it displays a dark Picota cherry colour with good density and slow-running tears, and releases fine aromas in the glass: ripe fresh fruit, a little more red than what we will find on the palate, but both are there, spicy notes of pepper and cocoa, with lactic and protein notes in the foreground, and some fresh aromas that appear in crescendo at the same time as others emerge of a smoky, earthy nature, along with biscuits and cinnamon. Quite a complex entity that is amazingly rounded and elegantly balanced.

On the palate, it follows the same pattern, although the fruit ripeness identifies better with black fruit. Having a sweet entry, it is intense, medium-bodied and light in the mouth, juicy, with good persistence and a slightly bitter finish, not at all harsh. A great classic.

Veal steak / to enjoy on its own / marinated meats

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2015.

Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2008
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Luna Beberide Finca La Cuesta 2010 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide Bierzo, Spain Mencia

Bottle: 8.09 € club members / 8.95 € non-members


There are landscapes that make an impression and Bierzo is definitely one of them, a patchwork of small parcels, steep hillsides and differing microclimates, with a red grape, the Mencia, that offers fruit-forward, smooth, elegant wines. Here we have one: Finca La Cuesta, a wine whose name just about says it all. Of the winery’s three reds, it is the one made with grapes from vineyards at medium altitude: using the youngest grapevines, Luna Beberide produces their Mencia Joven; from those growing at an altitude of 500-600 metres and aged over 60 years old comes this Finca La Cuesta; and from the top of the hillside, at around 700-800 metres, emanates their wine Art, which is the most concentrated and mineral.

Finca La Cuesta is a fruit-laden wine, smooth, elegant and mineral (the soils are clay-calcareous and decomposed slate), and has a very accessible nature, which is particularly pleasing. In appearance it is glyceric, a dark Picota cherry colour, clean and of medium density, and both on the nose and palate it is complex and fine. It displays a wide range of notes, to include leather, balsamic, mineral and spicy, combining well with the fresh aromas of wild fruit and honeycomb. There is a smooth but vigorous entry on the palate, it has spirit and is intense and fruit-forward, with good structure. This is a wine that shows purity and nobility. It has remarkable power and tannins that augur well for a good evolution, and, if we have to find a weakness, we might point out that it is not very long, as its finish is a little impaired due to the presence of rather edgy yet not harsh acidity, which will eventually fade over time, but compensated by that delightful complexity which increases even more with some aeration in the glass. A fine Mencia and a fine wine.

Oven-cooked meats / roast beef / venison stew

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • For drinking this year.

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Flor de Brezo 2010 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba Bierzo, Spain Mencia

Bottle: 10.51 € club members / 11.95 € non-members


When the terroir is exceptional, the grapes top quality and the person making the wine is an enthusiastic expert, who works with all due respect and care for the environment, it is difficult for the wine not to be good. We are talking about Bierzo, Mencia and Gregory Pérez, a dedicated Bordeaux oenologist with Spanish roots, and his new wine, Flor de Brezo, a wine created to round off the collection of reds from Mengoba and which, without achieving the level of subtlety, complexity and elegance of the Mengoba Mencia red, is certainly not very far from it, especially on the nose.

Just like the Mengoba Mencia, Flor de Brezo is made by means of an integral vinification system, which means the whole production and ageing process is carried out in the same barrel, using grapevines aged between 50 and 70 years old. By this method, they succeed in extracting all the aromatic potential of the grapes and obtain an accessible wine, particularly fruit-laden and aromatic, with subtle notes of wood, easy to drink and perfect to enjoy. That is Flor de Brezo in essence.

On the nose, it is adorable, yet initially disconcerting with so much complexity: extremely interesting aromas, from intense fresh fruit to spicy aromas, mineral hints, floral too! (naturally its name had already suggested this to us), a lovely array of very fine aromas. On the palate this is a serious wine, with a smooth, generous entry; it is juicy, powerful and intense, and once again the minerality is very evident; a wine with plenty of body, velvety tannins and a slightly bitter aftertaste which will eventually become rounded off with a little more time in bottle. A good wine and a good companion for autumnal cuisine.

Cep mushroom carpaccio / lamb with fine herbs / rabbit / hard cheeses

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2018.

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