Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
The wine is named with the initials of the late older brother of Verónica Ortega. From very old (up to 80-100 yo) vineyards, whole bunch fruit. Spontaneous fermentation, gentle maceration over 20 days, aged for 14 months in used oak barrels. 13,5% alcohol, tasted blind.
Youthful blackish-red color that permits quite little light through. Very open, sweet-toned and fruit-driven nose with aromas of blueberries, some ripe strawberries, a little bit of floral lift suggesting whole bunch fermentation, light boysenberry tones and a touch of chopped aromatic herbs. Very lovely overall impression. The wine is lively, clean and enjoyably crunchy on the palate with a medium-to-moderately full body and ripe yet fresh and fine-tuned flavors of boysenberries, some bilberries, a little bit of inky character, light floral tones and a hint of savory spice. Very balanced overall feel with the moderately high acidity and ripe, textural medium tannins. The finish is ripe, juicy and fruit-forward with youthful and wonderfully persistent flavors of sweet bilberries and boysenberries, some tart red fruits, light inky tones, a little bit of sappy crowberry and a hint of herbal spice.