From here on out, we have the gems of the range, all single vineyard, whole cluster wines that are simply as good as it gets. This is their flagship Mencia red wine, from the original single old vine parcel that started Fernando down his vinous path, the Carballocovo parcel found in the Amandi subsector. Foot tread, using uniquely native yeasts. (Pizarra in spanish means slate, fwiw). Crazy crazy steep terraces with principally very old vines (less some that were replanted when he purchased the property), this is Ribeira Sacra/Mencia on slate at its very best, as it regularly is recognized by just about every critic that covers the region…….Get some of all of these single parcel/single varietal wines, and you will surely thank me later…..
“Limpid ruby. Expressive, mineral-accented cherry, black raspberry and violet pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of exotic spices and licorice. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense dark berry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that show excellent clarity and spicy lift. Displays appealing sweetness on an impressively long, juicy finish that features repeating smoky minerality and subtle, slow-building tannins. (Fermented in large, French oak vats and aged in neutral French oak barrels.)” 93 Josh Raynolds for the 2014, the last vintage reviewed, NOT THE 2015 OFFERED HERE