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Mencia Joven, Raul Perez, Castro Ventosa, D.O. Bierzo, Spain Enlarge image

2009 El Castro de Valtuille,

Mencia Joven, Raul Perez, Castro Ventosa, D.O. Bierzo, Spain

Grape Variety: Mencia.
Style: Supple, well-rounded fruit
Alcohol Volume: 14.0%
Organic Status: No Organic Status
Closure: Cork
Product Code: 602230911

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'If you're after something a bit more esoteric, the grape I'm going to be rooting for this spring and summer is mencia, a variety indigenous to the north-west of Spain, where it is planted in the upcoming Bierzo, Valdeorras and Ribera Sacra regions. Apparently, it was at one time thought to be cabernet franc - and it certainly shares that grape's freshness and vitality, which may be a reason I'm so drawn to it. I came across two delicious examples the other day, both made by the much-lauded Raul Perez.' Fiona Beckett, Guardian, March