[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...creamy and rich, with impressive flavor intensity. Finishes very long and smooth, with supple tannins and notes of bitter chocolate and dark berries. A distinctly masculine rendition of this variety and built to handle the richest foods."
The Fine Wines Of Spain: While we are fans of all the major wine producing regions, Spanish wines have captured our hearts as producing some of the most spectacular tasting wines in the world as well as great values. Spain has the greatest number of vines planted in the world. However, in the last 15 - 20 years Spain has undergone a radical transformation and has started producing Spanish wines for the international consumer. The major wine producing regions in Spain are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Priorat, Montsant, Calatayud, Jumilla, Navarra and Rias Baixas. The major Spanish wine varietals are Tempranillo, Tinto del Toro, Grenache, Albarino, Verdejo, Viura. Some notable producers that we are quite fond of are Bodegas El Nido, Alto Moncayo, Cellar Marti Fabre, Cellar Vall Llach, Mas Doix, Emilio Moro, Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia, Bodegas y Vinedos Alion, Bodegas Naia, Numanthia-Termes S.L., Bodegas Muga S.A. and many other wines of Spain.