2013 Avanthia, Galicia Mencia, Valdeorras

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Press and Tasting Notes

[92 pts Robert Parker] "The 2009 Mencia was sourced from vineyards planted in 1920 and 1935.... Sexy aromas of wild raspberry, black cherry, mineral, and a hint of balsamic lead to a silky-textured, nicely proportioned, lengthy red that will evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2021." ---- [92 pts IWC] "Powerful aromas of cassis... ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured January 16, 2012

THE REVIEW

Steep and treacherous slopes define one of the most remote vineyards in Spain, which are home to the vines of Bodegas Avanthia.
    Clinging precariously to the mountain's schist clay soil, the Mencia grapes of Avanthia can only be hand harvested. There, over 2000 years ago, ancient Romans mined the slopes for gold and silver. It's no surprise that this mineral rich terroir is the backbone of this unique Spanish red.
    Bodegas Avanthia is owned by none other than Bodegas Godival, which was last year's wine Spectator Top 100 Spanish white. Avanthia is the winery's flagship red and displays sexy aromas of wild raspberry, black cherry, mineral, and hints of balsamic which lead to a silky-textured, nicely proportioned, lengthy finish. Powerful aromas of cassis are intermingled with a creamy and rich intensity. The finish is very long and smooth, with supple tannins and notes of bitter chocolate and dark berries.
    A distinctly masculine rendition of Mencia and built to handle the richest foods yet silky enough to enjoy with a rich, oily fish like salmon. Enjoy over the next seven years.Read More »

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