Alvarez de Toledo Mencia
Mencia, the region’s red varietal, has something of the light style of good Cru Beaujolais or Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, yet also a character of its own and, with the use of oak, affords good wine makers plenty of room for expression.
Aged 10 months in oak helping express the unique character of the Mencia grape – wonderfully scented, with light yet juicy mulberry fruit and liquorice, nicely structured with age.
About the Producer
Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo
The Alvarez de Toledo family have cultivated vines in Bierzo since the 15th century. The vineyards are located in the “Gold Mile” of El Bierzo’s wine region. This superbly orientated terrain has the best soils of the entire area and surrounds the towns of Villafranca del Bierzo and Valtuille de Arriba.
The land, recognized as a World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve, has a unique microclimate well suited to the agriculture of the area, giving the vines a special character. Being situated in a valley, the climate is mild and humid. The soils are composed of a mixture of fine elements, quartz and slate. Water flows from the mountains down into the valleys. The vineyards are planted mainly on humid dark soil which is slightly acidic and low in carbonates.
Godello is the principal grape planted for white wines in this region and is a speciality of northwest Spain. It is highly aromatic and is noted for making balanced wines of exceptional quality with a great fruity and floral bouquet.
Mencia, the regional red varietal, has something of the light style of good Beaujolais or Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, yet also a character of its own and, with the use of oak, affords good wine makers plenty of room for expression.