Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2009
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"Suave effort that over-delivers in a big way." Robert Parker, Jr.Looking for a red wine which Parker's Wine Advocate says is a "suave effort that over-delivers in a big way"? We found it!! Not only that; it's ridiculously well priced. You're welcome. This Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble is complex, full of fruit, and velvety smooth. It's ready to drink now, or hang onto it for another 2-3 years. Your choice. We're opening ours now... Think cured meats and tapas. A platter of Jamon Iberico and some Manchego cheese will do us just fine. Ham croquettas wouldn't hurt either. The delicious notes of balsamic, dark fruit and leather make this Mencia Roble the ideal choice for roasted meats from venison to game birds. Charred flavors are heavenly opposite the lush fruit of this Alvarez de Toledo. Our first choice, and great for a crowd, is a roast suckling pig. Olive-crusted roast racks of lamb are another terrific option. Pan-fried pork chops with garbanzo beans, tomatoes and paprika will have everybody smiling too. You'll want to get out the goblets for this phenomenal Spaniard winelovers! Es tan delicioso, baby!
Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Alvarez de Toledo was bottled just a week before the wine was presented but seems to be showing no symptoms of distress. Balsamic, leather, and black fruits are the principal notes struck by this suave effort that over-delivers in a big way. Like its older sibling, it can be enjoyed now but will have more to say in 2-3 years." Jun 2011
Winery: "Our wine stands out because of its marked fruity character which brings out all the qualities and characteristics of the Mencia variety. Its time in the barrel accentuates these qualities by providing subtlety, elegance and complexity. In mouth is silky, fruity, with persistence and great kindness."
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 100% Mencia
Aging: 10 months in American and French oak
Region: Bierzo, Castilla Leon, Spain