The grapes for this wine come from two very old vineyards planted in 1920 and the other in 1935. The vines are grown in the vaso system on south oriented hillsides in soils made of decomposed black slate and quartz located at 550 m (1,800 ft) above sea level. The grapes are hand-harvested into small baskets to prevent bruising.
The 2009 Mencia was sourced from vineyards planted in 1920 and 1935. The wine went through malolactic in new French oak followed by 14 months of aging before bottling without filtration. Sexy aromas of wild raspberry, black cherry, mineral, and a hint of balsamic lead to a silky-textured, nicely proportioned, lengthy red that will evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2021.
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