When compiling my last order for Decantalo, and trawling through for wines not readily available here, I realised that when the region of Bierzo came up I have never actually drunk anything from the Mencia grape.
Not like me but despite over the years having delved into almost all the regions countries and grapes available, for some reason this one has passed me by.
So I selected six different ones and not knowing anything about the producers I used the critics scoring as a guide to my choice/or theirs as it was, I don’t normally take any notice of critics reviews apart from a general guide.
But on here we did have a couple of members who were as good as it gets on Spanish wines from all regions but are no longer around, I speak of Ricardo who has a wonderful Spanish based cellar and writes great reviews, and Juan who seemed to know everything about all things Spanish and could be called up at a moments notice for information or opinion without bias, now apart from the Rioja thread which seems to center on Vina Tondonia almost exclusively we don’t get the full spread of opinion on Spanish wines, for such a huge wide ranging producer this is strange.
Anyway four of the six have been consumed in the general interests of all!
They ranged from just over £8 a bottle to just one at near £20 , I was hardly going to push the boat out on an unknown area
The first two were largely disappointing, they smelt and tasted of blackberry and that was it, simple drinkable but not anything to go back for more, the next two were different in a good way, the first was the cheapest.
2019 Pago de Valdoneje, still blackberry some forest floor but good fruit and some length unusual for such a cheapish wine, certainly good quality and a rack filler par excellence.
This one was a big step up 2018 Saint Jacques Ultreia, fabulous nose of again blackberry some raspberry and forest floor, in the mouth the same mix but super smooth and terrific fruit and very long, for the price just under £12 I would put this against any Rioja at a similar price and in fact most red wines at that price point.
As with all wine personal taste trumps all, but for me this was a real find, I shall return and delve deeper.
I know the grape has been mentioned on here but it is just another of those regions that are striving for recognition. it gets promoted but you see little result on the shelves.