A Portela Mencia 2013
Dark purple. Powerful aromas of candied blackberry, blueberry, and licorice, complicated by violet and cracked pepper. Lush, intensely flavored, and smooth, offering spicy dark berry and cherry-compote flavors enlivened by a subtle, floral nuance. Finishes sappy and long, with resonating spiciness, a hint of licorice, and chewy tannins. 100% Mencia. Bottled by Ladera Sagrada for Cia. de Vinos del Atlantico. Companyia de Vinos del Atlantico (CVA) was founded in 2002 with the purpose of uniting the winemaking heritage of Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata's families. Both of their families have been producing wine, independently, throughout Spain since the late 1800s. CVA currently produces wines in 18 different appellations within the Iberian Peninsula. The goal of CVA is to handcraft "elaborar" wines that expresses the identity of the place where they come from. Made with 100% unoaked Mencia grapes that were planted in 1976 and tended in granite and slate soil.