The vineyards producing grapes for this wine are planted with 50 year old Mencia vines and are located on steeply sloping terraces above the Sil river. The soils are composed of slate and decomposed granite. Yields are limited through pruning and green harvest to encourage concentration of flavor in the finished wine. Leaves are also pulled during the growing season to ensure good air flow through the canopy as well as encourage ripening of the grapes.
The Mencia grapes were hand-harvested in the last week of September in 18KG boxes and transported to the winery via refrigerated truck. Grape clusters were hand sorted prior to de-stemming and light crushing. Alcoholic fermentation commenced utilizing native yeast. Extraction of flavors from skins was encouraged by 3 pump overs daily until the end of fermentation. Following malolactic fermentation, also with native microbes, the wine was aged for 7 months in oak barrels.
View from the Cellar
The 2015 Adrás Mencía from Isaac Fernandez is a fine youthful bottle in the making. As I mentioned last year, this bottling is produced from fifty year-old, terraced vineyards overlooking the Miño River and is aged five months in a mixture of new and old casks prior to bottling. The bouquet is bright and complex, wafting from the glass in a blend of sweet dark berries, espresso, graphite, pomegranate, lovely nutty tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and decidedly sappy at the core, with excellent transparency, modest tannins and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This is certainly approachable today, but it is still a young wine and really will be singing with five or six years of bottle age! An excellent example, yet again. 2017-2040+. Jan/Feb 2017
(raised for seven months in neutral 225- and 500-liter oak barrels) Brilliant ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of fresh cherry and red berries, candied rose, licorice and smoky minerals. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes on a suave floral note, displaying very good tenacity, delicate tannins and repeating red berry notes. There's something Pinot Noir-like going on here that's quite appealing.
2019 - 2025
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