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Bodegas Godelia

Bierzo Mencia 2015

MICHAEL COOPER
8.9

This is a very good expression of #mencia from #bierzo at a reasonable price. In fact it’s a steal. — a month ago

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Fedellos Do Couto

Cortezada Ribeira Sacra Mencía

MICHAEL COOPER
9.1

Very #côterôtie #coterotie in style if that makes sense fantastic #galicia #mencia #winesofspain crunchy smooth supple tannins and pepper clove and spice. — 3 months ago

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Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba

La Vigne de Sancho Martín Mencía 2012

MICHAEL COOPER
9.0

Only 800 bottles, #singlevineyard #mencia with two other grapes #wholecluster This 2012 was hazy and a bit evolved. I enjoyed the floral aromas and the tertiary notes. #bierzo — 2 years ago

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Raul Pérez

Ultreia Bierzo Mencia 2014

Great #Mencia #wine! Layered aromas. Perfumy, potpourri, wet stemmy. Fine earthiness. Like Cru Beaujolais on steroids. Tannins are engaged and sharp. Brambly fruit. Opened 9/19/17 — 2 years ago

Descendientes de José Palacios

Pétalos Bierzo Mencía 2017

MICHAEL COOPER
8.8

I don’t believe this is a 93 according to #luisgutierrez at the #wineadvocate This is a very good wine for the price which is exactly the marketing strategy of #alvaropalacios for this wine and for Camins Del Priorat. He’s on very good terms and relations with the critics, so he gets a very generous score on ALL of his wines including the introductory wine at the lowest price (La Montesa also for example) he then sells those at a somewhat elevated price (when compared to neighboring wineries), and then the next wines up in the chain double, then quadruple and then 8x as much and so on and so forth. So the consumer, having tried the first wine, seeing the scores and having some extra cash in their pocket, launches to try some of the more expensive wines and that’s when this formula really pays off, because when you pay $30, $60 or $120 for a wine, you are already predisposed to like it because you paid handsomely for it. So you try these wines (again they are very well made) and you have the scores and price in mind, most people value them beyond their actual quality. Alvaro Palacios is a brand and in the same way that Moët and Veuve Cliquot are overpriced and you know they are overpriced (or maybe you don’t) you don’t care because you want the brand and the brand has performed it’s marketing sorcery on you. There are some suspicious aspects of this wine: #1 it sells for the same price or less expensive in the US than in Spain? #2 Nowhere on the label does it say that it is made with #mencia grapes, not even on the PDO back label? #3 I don’t have the exact sales figure but I believe that this wine sells a quantity of at least six figures (volume) when you go to Bierzo, even if you include the valley floor, there doesn’t seem to be enough grapes to go around for all of the Pétalos that is sold? I think it is a very good wine, but a 9.3 for many Napa wineries or even Bordeaux wineries is a very high score and a score that in those areas guarantees a quality that this wine does not achieve. A small caveat, I am jealous of how well Palacios markets his wines and the scores he is able to achieve, I only wish I was as wise and clever in marketing. — a month ago

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Jordan Wardlaw

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I won’t try to disabuse you of that notion save to say that the Pétalos has never been sold at an elevated price in the market I’m familiar with. Personally I think the wine itself is excellent and amazingly consistent.
MICHAEL COOPER

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@Jordan Wardlaw agreed the price isn’t high, so to speak, it’s very calculated to seem the exact opposite. Under $20 and in some parts of the US under $15 for a 93 point wine!!! That’s almost a giveaway. I agree that the wine is very consistent from one vintage to the next but that’s also partially what makes me doubt in part it’s authenticity, because the weather in Bierzo is not consistent year in year out. That’s why it makes sense as well that nowhere on the label does it put Mencia, because the same vineyards of Mencia from one vintage to the next should give you some variation. I apologize for my rant, I was tasting it alongside 6/7 other Mencia from Bierzo and I started with Pétalos and when there was no comparison, it seemed much better than when I tried it in comparison and that is when I wrote the note. I have since edited the note. I appreciate the comment and it has made me look deeper into this wine and what I wrote. Thank you

Raul Pérez

Petra Ultreia Bierzo Mencia

Big structured #Mencia - dark cherry & slate. Took a while to unwind. Good now, will be great in a few years. — 3 years ago

Bodegas y Viñedos Castro Ventosa

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias Bierzo Mencia 2014

MICHAEL COOPER
9.0

This is a funky and lovely #mencia from #bierzo #winesofspain blackberry ripe cherry and yet celery and Asian spice. It’s so original and so cool. Of the #valtuille this is the best one. — a month ago

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Raul Pérez

La Vizcaina La Vitoriana Lomas de Valtuille Bierzo Mencia 2015

Made in the natty/dank way, an approach that does nothing for this wine...unless you enjoy the smell of cooked vegetables, raw herbs and tobacco in your red wine. However, there’s also a purity, juiciness and energy that wholly redeems it in the end. A really good wine that could’ve been great. #raulperez #bierzo #mencia — a year ago

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Luna Beberide

Finca la Cuesta Bierzo Mencía 2012

Beautiful #Mencia #wine. Very dark, opaque with slight purple rim. Oily sheen. Stewed berry nose, some spice, a little meaty. Smooth texture. Became dry over time, to dusty tannin. Beaujoulais-esque. Blackberry, cassis notes. Opened 11/9/17 — 2 years ago

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Vinos Valtuille

PV Pago de Valdoneje Bierzo Mencía 2015

Light body but full taste. Cherry, plum and spices while still being fresh. #mencia #bierzo — 3 years ago