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La Vizcaina 'La Vitoriana' Mencia 2020
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Wine Advocate 97
"The 2020 La Vizcaína La Vitoriana matured mostly in a troncoconic oak foudre and had a very short time in barrel. This wine has more Alicante Bouschet in the blend than others, and they didn't include the white grapes in the vineyard. But against all logic, the wine has more finesse than the 2019. 6,000 bottles produced."

The Wine
Village: Valtuille de Abajo
Vineyard: La Vitoriana
Year of plantation: 1890
Hectares: 1.8
Altitude: 570 meters ASL
Soil: Upper sections are ... read more
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Shelf Location — 102d
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:13.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#52245
Location at store:102d
Item Description
Wine Advocate 97
"The 2020 La Vizcaína La Vitoriana matured mostly in a troncoconic oak foudre and had a very short time in barrel. This wine has more Alicante Bouschet in the blend than others, and they didn't include the white grapes in the vineyard. But against all logic, the wine has more finesse than the 2019. 6,000 bottles produced."

The Wine
Village: Valtuille de Abajo
Vineyard: La Vitoriana
Year of plantation: 1890
Hectares: 1.8
Altitude: 570 meters ASL
Soil: Upper sections are sandy, bottom section is clay with river stones
Orientation: North and South (shaped like a half-pipe)
Plant density: 4500 vines / hectare
Varieties: Mostly Menca with Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet), Doa Blanca and Palomino
Elaboration: Whole cluster fermentation in large oak vats. 60-90 day maceration followed by one year of aging in used 225 and 500-liter barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration.

The Estate
La Vizcana is a relatively new project from Ral Prez that explores the hillside crus around his hometown of Vatuille de Abajo. Four reds and one white are produced under the name, all from vines with over fifty years of average age. Though all the red wines Ral produces in the Bierzo D.O. are labelled as 100 Menca, they all in fact contain significant quantities of other local grapes. The rich varietal diversity found in Galicia is due in large part to the famous Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in the town of Santiago de Compostela, the earliest references to which date back to the 9th century. The monks who made the journey would often carry vine cuttings from their home regions in their packs to offer as gifts to the Spanish monasteries that would put them up along the way. This is certainly the explanation for the preponderance of Trousseau found throughout northwestern Spain. Depending on the particular region (and often on the person you are talking to), the grape is known variously as Bastardo, Mara Ordoez, Domingo Prez, Merenzao, Godello Tinto and Verdejo Negro, but ampelographic studies have shown it to be genetically identical to the Trousseau found predominately in the Jura region of France. Other red grapes found scattered around the old vineyards of Bierzo include Sousn, Alicante Bouschet, Brancellao and Caio. Curiously, Menca and Alicante Bouschet are the only varieties approved by the D.O., hence the practice of simply labeling the wines as Menca.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
About La Vizcaina
La Vizcaína is a relatively new project from Raúl Pérez that explores the hillside crus around his hometown of Vatuille de Abajo. Four reds and one white are produced under the name, all from vines with over fifty years of average age. Though all the red wines Raúl produces in the Bierzo D.O. are labelled as 100% Mencía, they all in fact contain significant quantities of other local grapes. The rich varietal diversity found in Galicia is due in large part to the famous Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in the town of Santiago de Compostela, the earliest references to which date back to the 9th century. The monks who made the journey would often carry vine cuttings from their home regions in their packs to offer as gifts to the Spanish monasteries that would put them up along the way. This is certainly the explanation for the preponderance of Trousseau found throughout northwestern Spain. Depending on the particular region (and often on the person you are talking to), the grape is known variously as Bastardo, María Ordoñez, Domingo Pérez, Merenzao, Godello Tinto and Verdejo Negro, but ampelographic studies have shown it to be genetically identical to the Trousseau found predominately in the Jura region of France. Other red grapes found scattered around the old vineyards of Bierzo include Sousón, Alicante Bouschet, Brancellao and Caiño. Curiously, Mencía and Alicante Bouschet are the only varieties approved by the D.O., hence the practice of simply labeling the wines as Mencía.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
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