2016 Alberto Orte A Portela Mencia
A Portela - meaning "a Doorstep to heaven" - is the name of the high elevation 12-acre hill located in the town of Larouco in the autonomous region of Galicia, where the Mencía vines that make this profound mineral wine come from. The vines were planted from 1976 - 1990 and grow on clay, granite and slate soil at an altitude of 500 - 700 m (1,640 - 2,625 ft).
After harvest, the skins mix with the unfermented juice for five days at 45F. This pre-fermentation “cold soak” enhances the wines aromas, color and flavor. Once fermentation has taken place, the skins spend another 10 days in tanks to extract all beneficial colors and tannins. The wine is aged 12 months in stainless steel tanks plus another 8 months in French oak barrels. This is a vegan wine.
Fragrant crushed-rose and lighter cherry aromas here with a very fluid, even and plush palate. Fine, yet powerful tannins. Dark stones and spices. Plenty of detail.
Spain, Galicia, Larouco
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