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Alvarez De Toledo Mencia Roble 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2009 Alvarez de Toledo was bottled just a week before the wine was presented but seems to be showing no symptoms of distress....
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Descendientes De J. Palacios Petalos Bierzo 2014 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2014 Pétalos del Bierzo was already up for tasting as they sell the wine quite quickly even if the volumes are not small, but the...
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Losada Altos De Losada 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - Brilliant ruby. Sexy, expansive aromas of red and dark berries, potpourri and smoky minerals. Juicy and penetrating, with very good...
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Pago De Valdoneje Mencia Vinas Viejas 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Opaque ruby. Potent, smoke-accented black and blue fruits and minerals on the perfumed nose, with a sexy incense nuance adding...
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Pago De Valdoneje Roble 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Deep ruby. Nicely focused dark berry and cherry preserve aromas pick up notes of cola and allspice with air. Smooth and fleshy on entry,...
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Veronica Ortega Roc 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - I was really looking forward to tasting the 2013 ROC, a wine that had shown quite differently in its four vintages. It's a pure Mencía...

Bierzo Castilla Y Leon Mencia Spain

The ancient, arid and beautiful region of Castilla y Leon is the largest in Spain, and amongst the largest single 'regions' in any country of Europe. It has been famed throughout the centuries for its architecture, its people, its art and literature, and not least for its characterful and flavorful wines, which capture the beating heart and passion of Spain and Spanish culture. Castilla y Leon is essentially a vast plateau, and is extremely dry, with a poor soil structure which one might think would make viticulture difficult, if not impossible. However, Castilla y Leon has plenty of native grape varietals which are able to stretch their roots deep underground, to tap into the moisture and minerals which can be found there.

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.