Avancia Cuvee de O Mencia 2015: Coming from Galician soil known for its gold mines in Roman times to slate mining today, you can expect a wine that is very much a representative of the Mencia grape with vegetal characters, berry nuances and stony minerality. If you love Pinot Noir and other aromatic reds, then Mencía is something worth trying!
On the nose: Wild berry, currant aromas with hints of chocolate; blue flowers, violets.
Nice tart palate with flavors of black berries, plum and pear with hints of licorice, citrus and earthy minerality. Lively acidity, medium tannins, fruity.
Roasted meats, ham, sausages or chorizo, Manchego, Cashel Blue or Iberico, and Paella.
Guia Penin 93 points. (2015 vintage)
Wine Spectator 92 points. (2015 vintage)
D.O. Valdeorras lies wrapped around the Sil River as it meanders through the slate mountains of the interior of Galicia, bordering D.O. Bierzo and the province of León. Valdeorras is named for the significant mining for gold that the Romans carried out there. (Val-de-Orras roughly translates to Valley-of-Gold in Latin) Nowadays, the economy is centered around slate mining, with over 80 companies extracting slate from the mountains. This slate is the main component of the vineyards’ soils. Mencía has been grown in Valdeorras for millennia. This variety, Galicia’s most important red grape, takes on a completely unique expression in Valdeorras, which is perhaps less famous than nearby Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra for the production of red wine. That being said, the cooler climate and slate soils in Valdeorras produce a more elegant wine than in Bierzo, and the effect of the interior continental mesoclimate produce richer wines than in Ribeira Sacra. Bodegas Avancia, located in
O Barco de Valdeorras, produces under 2,000 cases of total Mencía production per year to celebrate this unique expression.