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Valle del Cua Bierzo Mencia 2019

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 91 Points
Country:Spain
Region:Bierzo
Winery:Peique
Grape Type:Mencia
Vintage:2019
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

TASTING 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.

Grape varietal: 100% Mencia
Average age of the vines: 45-55 years
Vineyard's altitude: 450-480 meters above sea level
Pre-fermentation maceration: 3-5 days at 4-6 degres celcius
Alcoholic fermentation: 6-10 days
Maceration: 4-10 days
Malolactic fermentation: 5-9 days
Ageing: 2 months in stainless steel tank and then 2 months in the bottle.

Review:

"A young wine with grapes sourced from a selection of old vineyards in Valtuille de Abajo. Vibrant light purple, beautifully perfumed with huckleberry and cherry aromas. Softly textured but with good backbone and firm acids. Lots of fresh fruit flavors that linger on the finish. Wonderful vitality."

- International Wine Review (March/April 2020), 91 pts



Winery: Peique
Date Founded: 1999
Owner: Jorge Peique
Winery Philosophy: "You have to take a lot of care of a wine that bears your name, the one you have to be most proud."

 The history of our family was born in Valtuille de Abajo, a village with no more than a hundred neighbors, where the anecdotes around the vineyard and the wine were a topic in each house. The teachings of our elders, the effort and the work forged the spirit of our family.
From a young age we knew the hardness of the field work and that the results not only depend on the effort but also on each year climatological conditions. As we grew up, we toured an exciting path, understanding why to trim in a certain way, the importance of plowing the land, the flowering time, or why in August it had to rain but not too much … and why our grandfather, Ramon Valle, became so nervous every year as the grape harvest approached. All of this made us to love the vineyard.

In 1999 we made the 10,000 bottles of our first vintage year. The first two years in facilities provided by friends in their cellars, we had nothing but great enthusiasm. Almost 20 years later we have all the necessary means to elaborate all our wines range. Humbleness, but with a very clear idea, we knew that in an area of small farmsteads, where there are hardly any differences between the parcels of different wineries, the distinction must be made in the treatment of the vineyard and in the wine making process, so experimentation and research are fundamental concepts in the definition of each product.
“Wine is a living element in constant evolution”

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