Fruit for this wine is sourced from a steeply-sloped, south-facing vineyard in Villafranca de Bierzo. The vineyard is 750-800 meters in elevation and is planted to 60 year old vine Mencia. Yields are 25 hl/ha. The soils are comprised of Bierzo’s two main soil types, decomposed slate and limestone based clay. Following fermentation with native yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, new and 1 year old. Bottled unfiltered.
The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Finca La Cuesta is so obviously young that it almost felt like a barrel sample. It is pure Mencía that had been aged in French oak barrels for one year. It feels like a much more complete version of the 2013, solid, with better balance and incipient complexity. The palate is still marked by the élevage, but you can feel the intensity and concentration of the year coupled with nice acidity, which provides for a very good balance within its powerful profile. A very promising vintage of Finca la Cuesta. 40,000 bottles produced.