DaTerra Viticultores (Laura Lorenzo) "Casas de Enriba" Tinto 2019Regular price $31.00 Save $-31.00
A wildly different expression of Mencía from Portela do Vento. Hailing from the Valdeorras region, these vines are planted on granite with a mix of gravel, clay, gneiss and quartz. This is the warmest area of the line up, and Laura typically picks this vineyard 15 days before the rest of her properties. Around half of the grapes were destemmed and the rest were left whole cluster. The combination was foot-trodden and given a short 4 day maceration, fermented in steel and aged in 4000 liter used barrels.
With the Casa de Enriba bottling, Laura again works her magic. Knowing that the fruit from this Valdeorras could produce more a concentrated, tannic style of Mencía, she picked the grapes with lower sugar levels and implemented a short, gentle extraction. The result is perhaps the most ethereal Mencía I have ever tasted: light bodied, high-toned and with just a whisper of tannin. The clarity of fruit here is impeccable - pomegranate, tart cranberry and fresh strawberry. Stick this wine in the fridge for 30 minutes before drinking.
[Kirk Sutherland, August 2021]