Avanthia Avancia 2013 750ml
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Avanthia Avancia Mencia 2013

Valdeorras - Galicia - Spain

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Rated 90 by Robert Parker
I only tasted one red, the 2013 Avancia that is produced with fruit from two old plots of head-pruned Mencía vines planted on steep slate slopes, then fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in 225 liter oak barrels and it aged for a further 11 months in new French oak barriques. The grape is naturally low in acidity and this can give the wine a certain heaviness. It is extremely dark, almost black, opaque, with a very ripe nose mixing notes of prunes, blackberries and violets complimented by a good dose of creamy oak and some vegetal, herbal hints. 2013 was a wet, cold and difficult vintage and produced a wine with a sharp, light to medium-bodied palate, which surprised me after such a ripe nose. On the palate you feel the Atlantic profile and perhaps the difficulties in ripening in this kind of harvest. Today I like the nose much better than the palate but let's see with one more year in bottle... 3,000 bottles were produced.
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Region: Galicia

The region of Galicia in northern Spain is an unusual place for viticulture, with its wet and windy weather and strong Atlantic influences. However, for several hundred years, Galicia was an important center of wine making, and an extremely important center of trade, bringing lots of money to the region which further boosted its reputation, along with the quality and quantity of its wines. However, the 19th century saw a devastating economic collapse in Galicia, and all over the region, vineyards were left to ruin, and wineries closed. Thankfully, the past few decades have seen the region undergo a renaissance, and traditional, quintessentially Galician wines are once more being produced from fine grape varietals native to the region, including the delicate and aromatic Albarino and Caino Blanca, which are often blended to produce characterful and unique wines.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.