Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bierzo: A Region's Rapid Climb From Obscurity to Recognition / Viña Barroca Bierzo Mencía 2009, Bodegas Adrià (Vilafranca del Bierzo, Léon)

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Wines From Spain News, Winter 2007

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Viña Barroca Bierzo Mencía 2009 (far right) from Bodegas Adrià (Vilafranca del Bierzo, Léon) which also makes Vega Montán. 
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Along this wine did not exist when this article was written, the vines did and budding star winemaker, Diego Losada, has created something special in this young Mencía red wine, so we  are proud to offer in October our Bierzo selection, Viña Barroca 2009 from Bodegas Adria.

Bodegas Adrià has had as their consultant one of the top young winemakers in the region, Diego Losada, who apprenticed under such winemaking stars as Gregory Pérez of Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba, Alejandro Luna at Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide and maestro Mariano and son Eduardo García in their Paixar project. 

Damián Canepa, Export Manager of Bodegas Adria, Bierzo. Canepa worked at Bodegas Peique in Bierzo for six years, helping to build that winery's name. 
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Tasting note:

Viña Barroca Bierzo Mencía 2014 (13.5%) $14.99 SRP.
100% Mencía  Diego Losada, winemaker

Deep pomegranate juice colored red.  POM fruit with whiffs of minerals.  

Utterly delicious, juicy, lovely sweet red fruit (currants, pomegranate) with a touch of volatility that makes it so good with food.  Solid mineral underpining in the finish with iron-like notes from the arcilloso soil on which the grapes are grown.

- - Gerry Dawes