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Characteristics of La Poulosa
La Poulosa is a red wine from the Bierzo region produced by La Vizcaína de Vinos. This wine is a blend of 4 different grapes varieties: Mencía, Alicante Bouschet, Estaladina and Souson.
The grapes used to make La Poulosa come from old vines which are between 60 – 80 years old. These are grown on vineyards which span across two hectares of land and is located in one of the warmest areas of Valtuille. The local climate receives atlantic and continental influences, while the soils are shallow and clayey.
The harvest is carried out manually, carefully handling the fruit. After the grapes have been transported to the winery, they undergo a first fermentation in large wooden barrels of up to a 5,000 kg capacity. The juice of the wine macerates for 2-3 months, depending on the quality of the vintage and valuations of the winery’s team.
Finally, La Poulosa is aged in seven year old French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is then bottled without being clarified or filtered.
La Vizcaína de Vinos is a project conceived at the hands of the renowned winemaker Raúl Pérez and his nephew César Marquez. Located where the first winery of the Pérez family used to be, the various wine produced want to express the various nuances of terroir Valtuille de Abajo. This is a collection that seeks not to forget its origins and pay hommage to Raúls father and Césers grandfather.
Serve at 16ºC
Grilled red meats, Roasted red meats, White roasted meat
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental. The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area.
The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather. What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine. The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".
La Vizcaína de Vinos is the famous oenologist Rubén Pérez's new winery in the DO Bierzo. The name is a tribute to his father, who used the same name for his own bodega. The bodega is situated in Valtuille de Abajo, a town with one of the longest winemaking traditions in the DO Bierzo. This bodega is committed to making wines which reflect the expression of the local terroir, producing wines from individual plots of land. The winery's main challenge is to recover some of the traditional varieties from Bierzo that are nowadays almost extinct, such as Merenzao, Sousón, Alicante, Doña Blanca and Palomino, in order to give their wines an Atlantic personality. La Vizcaína de Vinos make five different wines with very low production, no more than 5000 bottles.