Manuel Moldes, "Lentura" Vino Tinto 2018Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
This is the only wine in the lineup from outside of Rías Biaxas, with grapes hailing from Bierzo, arguably the most renowned red wine subzone in Galicia. Bierzo, mostly planted to the grape Mencia, is home to some of the oldest vines in all of Spain.
I've often shied away from wines from Bierzo, as they can sometimes be a bit heavy for my tastes, but "Lentura" really proved me wrong. Aromatically, there is something almost Northern Rhone here, with its black and red fruit and violet floral tones. The wine is featherweight in comparison to other wines I've had from this regions, but still has wonderfully refined texture and tannin. A fine line of salty mineral flavors tie the Moldes wines together, and this specific wine's briny olive highlights do not disappoint.
This bottling is a blend of 60% Garnacha Tintorera (also know as Alicante Bouschet, a red-skinned, red-fleshed grape) and 40% Mencia, grown at high altitude on slate soils with an average vine age of 70 years. The wine is fermented with 20% whole-cluster in a combination of steel and wood vessels and aged 300-liter barrels for 11 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is a great wine for fans of Envinate's "Lousas" bottling.
(Kirk Sutherland June 2021)