Bodegas Pazo das Tapias, Mencia “Alma de Autor", Monterrei, Galicia, Spain 2020 100% Mencía
BLACK CHERRY, CEDAR & SPICE, LUSH & VERY RIPE Mencía, known as Jaen in Portugal, is native to the Iberian Peninsula’s northwest and has become increasingly high-profile over the past 20 years. This rendition showcases the riper, more concentrated end of the variety’s spectrum, perhaps resmembling something like Rioja moreso than the Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc that we’re often reminded of. Aging in French and American oak rounds it out with toasty vanilla. Serving Suggestions:Beef, veal, & pork meatballs in tomato sauce w/ crusty bread. Steak au poivre. Mushroom & kale empanadas.