2016 Valle del Cua Mencia

Year: 2016
Appellation: Bierzo
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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Grape varietal: 100% Mencia

"A silky texture carries harmonious, if somewhat muted, flavors of red plum, tobacco, sage and mineral in this focused red. Light, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity give this balance. Should bloom in a year or two. Drink now through 2024. 1,500 cases made.–T.M." (WS)

Winery Notes:
A black cherry color with intense violet hues. Aromas are dominated by ripe red fruits, minerals and blue flowers. Fine, concentrated and exquisite on the palate, it is fleshy, fragrant, and full bodied.

Valle de Cúa is produced by Bodegas Peique in Bierzo. The Peique family is from Valtuille de Abajo, a winemaking village of less than 100. Grandfather Ramon Valle took meticulous care of his vines and trained his family to do the same.

The first vintage was in 1999, with 10,000 bottles made in the cellars of friends. Now almost 20 years later, the family has its own facility & maintains the same enthusiasm for winemaking that they were raised with. They learned early that in an area of small farms, where parcels were so similar, the distinction must be made in the treatment of the vineyard and in the winemaking process. Experimentation and research are fundamental concepts in the definition of each product.