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2016 Vinedos PaixarMencia from Spain

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One of the most elegant wines you’ll ever have from Spain! When it comes to Spanish reds, many people recognize Tempranillo and Garnacha as the two most notable grapes, but ...

  • 95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 94 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
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95

"The brooding and perfumed 2016 Paixar is a Mencía built to last, in what seems one of its freshest and more balanced vintages. This is produced with the grapes from high-altitude vineyards on slate soils, quite different from the majority of other vineyards worked by Luna Beberide. This cuvee is a joint venture with Alberto and Eduardo García from the Mauro winery in the Duero zone. There is concentration with great elegance; the oak is still there but in the process of being absorbed by the wine (and feels less obvious than in earlier vintages), and there is great citrus freshness (think blood oranges) and balance in the palate. This is spicy and peppery and can surely be drunk now with powerful food, but it should develop further complexity with more time in bottle. 8,000 bottles were filled in November 2018."

94 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

"Bright, violet color. Sexy, deeply perfumed blackberry, cola, floral oil and incense aromas pick up a smoky mineral quality as the wine opens up. Supple, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black/blue fruit liqueur flavors that are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, mocha and five-spice powder. Densely packed yet lively as well, finishing with outstanding clarity and smooth, harmonious tannins. (Aged for 16 months in new French oak barrels.)"

Product Description:

One of the most elegant wines you’ll ever have from Spain!

When it comes to Spanish reds, many people recognize Tempranillo and Garnacha as the two most notable grapes, but there are a ton of others that produce amazing wines. Mencia is one that many of you may have had before without even knowing! While many of them are in the lower price point, there are some that are very highly rated and collectible. This is one of those wines.

Mencia is a grape that can take on both a lighter style wine or a fuller style wine. In this case, the wine is on the concentrated and powerful side of the spectrum. There is a ton of fruit upfront integrated perfectly with the time spent in oak. While most Mencia is recommended to be consumed on the younger side, this wine has plenty of acidity and body to last for many years to come. Drink now with a heavy decant and plenty of time to open up or enjoy over the next 10 to 20 years!

Product Detail

Item # 116080
Country Spain
Region Castille and Leon
Sub-Region Bierzo
Ratings

95 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

94 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Mencia
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet and pepper
Nose tobacco, berry and flower