Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 1/21/11

Hello and Happy Friday!

What has me so excited this week?

Besides the fact that I’m ready to cheer on the Bears to victory this weekend, I’m also fired about several wines from Spain that I tasted this past week.

Out of the many that I tasted, one wine stood out for me, a best-buy Rioja. It is the kind of wine that would get lost in the shuffle if I didn’t feature it on a Friday feature. This wine doesn’t fit into my price points for the Six for Sixty-something sampler, and it is too inexpensive for my Six for $120 sampler.

It is the kind of wine that doesn’t necessarily jump out in a line-up of over-designed labels and heavy bottles. What’s inside the bottle though is quite remarkable for the price.

I taste a lot of sub $15 Rioja, and most of it is junk. Over-cropped, too manipulated, or in general just lacking soul. Those have no place at Perman Wine Selections!

Mencos Rioja – you do!

Put your order in for several bottles, cases or a pallet of this today. The wine will be in next week, and that is something to get excited about!

Have a great weekend and Go Bears!,


One of the most exciting new projects in the Rioja region in recent years is that of Conde de Hervías and Mencos. Longtime grower Iñigo Manso de Zuñiga dreamed of making a single site Rioja near the village of Torremontalvo in Rioja Alta. From his old vines he began to make a wine called Conde de Hervías. This oak-aged red is a stunning celebration of that vineyard and a wine built for the long haul.

To balance this oak influenced style, he started a second label called Mencos. Three wines are made under the name, this one, which falls into the Joven style, a Crianza, and a Reserva. With the Mencos wines, you have a more bright and fruit driven style.

There is still a dedication to top quality fruit, and the wine featured today comes from vines averaging 35 years-old, from a vineyard on the side of the Ebro River in Torremontalvo. The vineyard is planted on chalky clay over gravel, which well suits the Tempranillo vines.

Fermented in stainless steel tank, the wine is then bottled to show the freshness of the fruit.

I’ve actually enjoyed a couple bottles of this over the past two weeks, and have been amazed by its drinkability and flexibility at the table. I haven’t tasted a Rioja in the under $15 category that is this delicious in a long time.

So what are you waiting for? Order some today, and it will be in the store early next week!
$13.50 BTL. / $162.00 CASE

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