2020 Alvaredos-Hobbs Mencía, D.O. Ribeira Sacra
Native to the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, mencía is known for its thick skins and dark fruit and floral characteristics. When planted in hillside regions with poor soils the vines thrive to produce beautifully structured, age-worthy aromatic red wines.
Tasting notes: Seductive aromas of blackberry and fresh thyme mingle with hints of rose petal, cardamom and sumac. Juicy berries and black cherry on the palate are complemented by spice and floral notes, with a slate minerality, refreshing acidity, and well-balanced tannins.
“Highly attractive, pure nose. Refined and elegant palate, with a lovely sensuous feel; very deep, luxurious but light on its feet with the requisite pulse of red-fruited acidity on the finish.” – 95pts, Decanter
“Juicy, with black cherry charm, notes of white pepper, Herbs de Provence, and heather keep a savory tone. A hint of hibiscus brightens mid-palate, followed by deeper notes of coffee bean and graphite.” – 93pts, Tasting Panel
“Juicy black cherries and mulberries with hints of dried herbs, stems and white pepper. Plenty of crunchy, tart berries deliver a succulent mouth-feel to the tight, medium-bodied palate, rounded by fresh, structured but silky tannins. Drink now.” – 92pts, James Suckling