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Veronica Ortega "Quite" Mencía, Bierzo '15


Veronica Ortega "Quite" Mencía, Bierzo '15

Veronica Ortega has a very well rounded resume of experience worth mentioning - she has trained and worked in New Zealand at Burn Cottage; France at Comte Armand and the infamous Domaine Romanée Conti; Portugal at Niepoort; and in Spain with the legendary Alvaro Palacios as well as Daphne Glorian.  Her most recent mentor is Raúl Perez, where she came full circle back to Bierzo to open her own winery.   She has taken her breadth of experience and molded it finely into her unique expressions of Mencía.  It has an affinity for acidity and expressing terroir, so Ortega is careful to keep that in tact with her organic farming methods on higher elevation vineyard  sites, full of rich granite and calcareous clay (about 530 meters high).  What follows is gentle vinification that splits its time between neutral French oak barrels and large amphorae.  In a sense, this is a field blend because the Mencía vines are so old, about 80 years, that when they were planted in fashion of its time, it was grown interspersed with other various varietals of the region, both white and red.  Granted it's not even 10% of the wine, it is its traditional terroir that gives us something to talk about more than actually taste.   This wine will take you to Bierzo, with its vibrant, fragrant profile that translates onto the palate with tart, red berries such a currants and cranberry, alongside of savory, spiced quality.  Don't let its pretty aromatics fool you - this wine has grip!




Producer Veronica Ortega
Vintage 2015
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Mencía


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