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2021 Michelini I Mufatto "A Merced" BierzoMencia/Jaen from Spain

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"A Merced" is 100% Mencía sourced from the El Canto vineyard near the town of San Lorenzo. The fruit - which is all whole cluster - is partially crushed by foot, then fermented...

  • 95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Rating:

95

The 2021 A Merced is surprisingly a little higher in alcohol than the 2020 I tasted next to it, despite the much cooler year. It fermented with 50% foot-trodden whole clusters in 1,000-liter oak casks with indigenous yeasts and a long maceration. It matured in used 225-liter French oak barrels for one year. It's a little earthy but also floral and elegant, combining that wild side that seems to be inherent to this place, as I've noticed it in the last few vintages. It's quite expressive and showy, very complete and balanced. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2022.

Product Description:

"A Merced" is 100% Mencía sourced from the El Canto vineyard near the town of San Lorenzo. The fruit - which is all whole cluster - is partially crushed by foot, then fermented with native yeast in large oak casks and skin-macerated for five months; a year of aging in old French oak follows before bottling. The result of all this effort is an exhilarating wine that drinks like a cross between a Chateauneuf-du-Pape and a high elevation Napa Cabernet. There's a lot happening here: the nose is racy and enticing with ripe fruit and earthen notes, the palate is incredibly balanced with more dense fruit, florals and minerality, and the finish is long and refreshing. It's delicious stuff, guaranteed to satiate palates across a wide spectrum; it comes highly recommended.

Product Detail

Item # 138150
Country Spain
Region Castille and Leon
Sub-Region Bierzo
Ratings

95 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2021
Color Red
ABV N/A
Varietal(s) Mencia/Jaen
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste Tobacco, Sour Cherry, BlackBerry, Violet, Pomegranate and Crushed Gravel
Nose Tobacco, Berry and Flower