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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wine Review: Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012

Godelia Mencia 2012

In the southwestern portion of Spain, north of the Portuguese border, is the Spanish wine region of Bierzo. Outside the village of Cacebelos is Bodegas Godelia and their eighty-six acres of estate vineyard on decomposed quartzite and slate soil. They also have thirty-seven acres farmed under contract. I'm reviewing two of their wines this weeks: the 2015 Godello-Doña Blanco and the 2012 Mencia.

Godelia considers themselves an artisan winery. All of their grapes are harvested by hand and chilled for twenty-four to fourty-eight hours at 23°F. The white grapes are pressed while still semi-frozen, while the reds are cold-soaked and destemmed first.

First thing's first: I'm the realest. Second: Mencia is pronounced "Menthia". Third: it's red. Mencia is mostly found in Bierzo, but also Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras, and Liébana. And it's currently enjoying some good times in popularity over there in Spain, with more and more wineries producing it and more and more consumers enjoying it.

Godelia's 2012 Mencia is 100% Mencia, saw twelve months in oak, and has a 14.5% ABV. Now let's do some drinking! Don't fret, I promise not to make any more Clueless references in this review.

The color of the wine is a deep ruby red. On the nose there's an earthiness that is being shoveled on top of blackberries, chocolate, and Wrigley's Big Red hot cinnamon gum. On the palate it's medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel, sweet and tightly grained tannin, and a flash of bright acidity. There's flavors of blackberries, plums, and chocolate. Then it finishes with the tannin stripping away your saliva and leaving nothing but the taste of plums, hot cinnamon, and dried leaves.

I can dig it, man. And I bet it will taste even better tomorrow once those tannins learn to lay off a bit.

Price: $19
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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