Raul Perez "Vico" Mencia 2012 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
92 Points Antonio Galloni: Deep ruby. Sappy dark berry and cherry pit aromas are lifted by fresh lavender and white pepper. Fleshy and broad but surprisingly energetic on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and floral pastille flavors that become more energetic with air. Finishes chewy and subtly spicy, with building tannins and excellent persistence.
"100% Mencia. This wine has a miniscule total production of 125 cases. Of all of his remarkable wines, this is perhaps Raúl Pérez's best value. Vico is a village wine from the Valtuille de Abajo subzone of Bierzo. Made from dry-farmed (no irrigation) old vines that are head pruned. As with all of Raúl's wines, the viticulture is organic. The wine is made utilizing 30% whole cluster maceration before, during and after fermentation for 60 days. This wine will age for 20 years.
Whether it's roast chicken, broiled pork tenderloin, lamb or bison burgers, or cod in a tomato sauce similar to Basque Bacalao, Vico will really shine with dishes prepared with savory spices and wild herbs. The Mencía grape has a characteristic green-leaf quality, a minty-menthol edge that Spanish winemakers often describe as "balsamic." They mean nothing to do with Italian vinegar but rather to a wine's character of refreshing spices like anise or fennel." -Winemaker