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Unculín 2021

Unculín

2021
Freshness of century-old vines
92
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£18.95

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production40,000 bottles

The wine

How many wines of this quality can you find at this price? Quite a few, to be fair. What about handcrafted ones? Still several. Well then, produced from the fruit of a hundred-year-old vines? Hardly any, to be honest. Unculín is one of them, one of the best. A wine which is much more serious and profound than you might expect from one so reasonably-priced. What’s more, from the 2019 vintage onwards, its character is even fresher and more fluid thanks to the contribution of white grapes such as Godello, Doña Blanca and Palomino, as was done in past times. There’s also the addition of 5% Alicante Bouschet (Garnacha Tintorera). It used to be a very good choice for getting to know a Mencía in all its purity, but now it’s an excellent ambassador for Bierzo’s reds as a whole. The bodega’s entry level and an introductory wine to the Bierzo.

What does this wine taste like?

Unculín is utterly charming due to the juiciness of its fruit. Wild berry fruit with fresh, floral aromas. It’s particularly flavoursome, with rounded tannins and a silky texture. A delicious, easily drinkable, medium-bodied wine.

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

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Sausages and ham
arroces
Rice
pasta
Pasta
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Poultry and white meats
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Red meat
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Creamy cheeses
pescados
Fish
entrantes
Starters and suppers

Grilled red bream / Roasted pork / Roast lamb / Sheep cheese

Ratings and awards

202192 PK
202091+ PK
201991 PK17 JR91 DC
201891 PK
201790 PK16 JR
201690 WS90 DC
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker

One of those noses that make your knees buckle a tiny bit. Raspberry cheesecake? Spine-tingling purity. Just a tiny tiny bit on the wild side, but only just. This wine is like that soft kiss on the lips from your love that sends an electric shock through your whole body. wild strawberries picked so ripe and warm from summer sun that they almost melt on your fingers and you have to lick them off. And then, right at the end, cool wet slate and graphite minerality. But you’re so seduced by the fruit that you barely notice it.

— Tamlyn Currin (21/09/2021)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2019 - 17 JANCIS ROBINSON

The 2021 Unculín is now a vino de villa from Valtuille de Abajo and is labeled as such. This is the entry-level red from over 100 separate plots, old vines normally planted with a Mencía field blend, mainly on stone and clay soils. It fermented with some 15% full clusters and matured in stainless steel, finishing with a couple of months in foudre. This is a young wine that is characterful and a bit wild, with notes of ink, berries, flowers and herbs. It has moderate ripeness, 13% alcohol and a tender, silky and balanced palate. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (10/08/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

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Winemaking

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period6 months

Vineyards

Vine ageBetween 80 and 100 years
SoilClay / Sandy loam
ClimateAtlantic
Altitude550.00 meters

The winery

José Antonio García Viticultor

José Antonio García Viticultor

José Antonio García began winemaking in 2010, following in the family tradition and making a firm commitment to the Mencia variety. Grandson of Santos García, a well-known wine-grower from Valtuille de Abajo, José Antonio returned to these lands after a time working professionally in the world of cuisine and hospitality. As a huge fan of Bierzo and its star grape, he has based his project on the importance of conserving small-scale...

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