A potent Mencía with concentrated berry aromas along with intense oak, rubber and graphite notes. Full-bodied and sound as a boulder, with balance, tannic grip and rousing flavors of black cherry, blackberry and dark spices. Toasty and black on the finish; top-shelf Bierzo to drink now through 2015.
This is dry, earthy and complex on the nose, with smooth tannins, elegance and acidic lift to the palate. Flavors of fine oak, copious spice and complex berry are more than satisfying, while the finish is long, dry and composed, featuring a note of cinnamon.
Very nice from nose to bottom. Aromas of berry fruit, flowers and subtle vanilla are appealing, as is the ripe, serious palate of berry pie, blackberry essence and licorice. Roasted and easy on the finish, and sultry throughout. A pleasure to drink.
Dark purple in color, with granular, intense aromas of ripe berry, plum and fine herbs. A little complex but also very approachable, with soft, plush berry flavors and a thick mouthfeel. Maybe not the most intricate, layered wine you’ll find, but very good for a Bierzo that’s under $20.
Big and forceful, with dark, penetrating aromas of oak, cedar, stocky blackberry and spice. The palate is pure and deep, with savory plum, berry, herb, vanilla and tea flavors. Finishes smooth and classy, with a dry, clean ending. Gets it right; a very good Bierzo red for under $20.
Hard smoke and raspberry aromas are balanced and pure, and the mouth is ripe, juicy and bright. This makes its point with subtlety and smoothness. It’s not a bumpy, aggressive wine as it holds its balance all the way to the end.
An opening of apricot and peach aromas is proper, while the palate delivers a jolt of zest and acidity to more pineapple, lime and punchy green-apple flavors. Tangy later on, with more than a drop of lemon and lime to the finish. Also slightly pithy and bitter, which is natural for Godello.
Dusty apple and white peach aromas provide a nice greeting. The wine is basic and tangy in terms of feel, with lemon-lime, bitter lettuce, banana, nectarine and pineapple flavors. While not exactly complex or elevated, it delivers pure citrus characteristics offset by solid minerality.