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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A historic winery founded in 1879, making wines with old vines 50+ years old from dry-farmed vineyards. Guerra controls one-third of all the vineyard land in Bierzo (1,000 ha or 2,471 acres) and only makes wine with the best 10% of the grapes harvested.
RATING HISTORY:2021 94Decanter; 2015 90VM; 2014 90VM
GRAPE:100% Mencia (Mehn-cee-ah). Vines planted in 1955 to 1965. Tended in calcareous clay and slate soil at 550 m (1,804 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Mencia pairs extremely well with steak tartar, calamari and goat cheese.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Prefermentative cold maceration during 3-5 days. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 10 days and another 7 days for the malolactic fermentation. 100% unoaked
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located both in the lower valley (clay) and in the mountains where slate is the most common soil type. The average elevation of the vineyards is 550 m (1,804 ft) elevation. Temperature from April to October average 16.3C (61.3F) with annual rainfall of 626mm (24.6").
TASTING NOTES:Brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, succulent herbs, licorice and peppery spices. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, blueberry and dark chocolate flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of juicy acidity and a hint of white pepper. The blue fruit note lingers very nicely on the long, tangy finish, which is framed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. Notes by Josh Raynolds.
ALCOHOL CONTENT:13.5% / 2016: 13%
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.86 lbs (.39 kg)
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