Here’s an affordable Bierzo red that earns big points for its straightforward, no-nonsense accessibility and balance. The bouquet offers ample minerality, a sprinkle of burnt toast and friendly red fruit. The palate is moderately deep and pure, with spice, pepper and vanilla on the finish. A fine reflection of the region and the 2005 harvest.
This small-production wine is sweet and ripe, with licorice, candy and a touch of stem to the nose. It’s not as pure and purposeful as the 2005, hence the lower rating. But it’s good Bierzo, with cherry, plum and chocolate along with good grab, tannins and overall flow. Drink now. 350 cases produced.