Medium ruby; medium intensity aromas of red cherry, cranberry,?pomegranate, garrigue; dry, medium plus acid, medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium finish, good concentration, well balanced, very good — a month ago
On the nose is plum, licorice, crushed raspberry, blackberry, American oak, with hints of vegetal notes and mushroom. The palate gives dark fruit, coffee, dark cherry, black pepper, cocoa, oak, and cedar. Moderate tannins and high acid with a long acid finish. I think I’m falling in love with Mencia grapes. — 4 days ago
Definitely have been on a Tempranillo Journey lately and this grape has a lot to offer. This was a well made Tempranillo. Plums, mix of red and dark cherries, raspberries and hints of chocolate. Youthful tannin that should integrate well in the future. Would store for a few years before re-exploring.
— 13 days ago
We recently pulled some cases out of storage, which haven't seen the light of day for nearly 15 years, so I'll have some fun posts in the next several months.
Nose has dry autumn leaves, ripe black cherry, dried tart cherry and a hint of coffee grounds.
Palate has ripe black cherry, dried blackberry, moist soil, mild tannins on the medium finish.
Decanted ~1.5 hours, heavy sediment in the bottle.
This bottle is in an interesting spot, either an off bottle or much too over the hill. We drank the 2003 Termes last night (the younger sibling) and it was much more enjoyable. Will save some for tomorrow to check for further development. We still have some chances at a good bottle of Numanthia, so hopefully the remaining bottles are a little more exciting.
24 Hour Update: A different wine today, ripe black cherry, ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, light baking spice, apparently it just needed loads of air after its very long slumber. Score update from 90 to 92 today, good juice. — 19 days ago
Very dark, supersilky and soft. Like drinking velvet bjt after a little while a lot of dark fruit but then even later you will feel the soft but remakable tannins. Very nice and complex but not loud at all — 17 days ago
This was great. Style held up well to (Vintage meathook!) steak and was a good value on the restaurant wine list. Tannins worked well with steak but we’re more robust than I expected. Improved with some air. — 17 days ago
2016, cépage Mencia, AOP Bierzo. Très bon puissant fruité — 14 days ago
Bummer..... whilst we were thinking to get a final glass it was only the weight of the bottle in our hands......
It was empty too fast..... very very good glass of wine. Fruit, mocca, chocolate, integrated wood, very well balanced. Best to decant with a very fine sieve as it has a lot of fine sediment. — 14 days ago