The days are getting longer and Spring is just around the corner. It's time to start drinking Mencia. Adega Algueira Mencia is just what the "Wine Doctor" order!
Bright red cherry hues, phenomenal aromas of raspberry and cassis. Medium-light bodied, fresh, vibrant with great drinking energy. The finish is lean and cheerful.
Food Pairing ideas: Chicken Quesadillas with a citrusy mango salsa or Fried manchego cheese.
Oscar Garcia, Wine Buyer, 67wine
|Wine of the times: WInes from a Sacred Place: Our No. 2bottle, the 2012 mencía from Algueira, was spicy and wild, with a slatelike minerality. At $16, it was also our best value.
Located on the steep banks of the river Sil in the majestic beauty of Ribeira Sacra lies Adega Algueira. At the top of the banks, amongst chestnut and oak trees, lies the winery built in the Romanesque style to mimic the monasteries crafted by monks in this area back in the 12th Century. Of course the monks brought with them the need for wine and so they began planting vines along the banks of the Sil. Here the vineyards are on very steep inclines and planted on terraces made from pure schist soils, much like Cote-Rotie or the Mosel. The slate soils, steep inclines and tempering effects of the river provide the perfect micro climate for producing truly special and unique wines.
They believe the vineyard is like a musical chord that is needed to sound great in order to compose a masterpiece. And the vineyard is one of breathtaking beauty!
Algueira focuses on local grape varieties – for red grapes this includes: Mencia, Albarello,...