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Characteristics of Xestal Mencía
Bodegas y Viñedos Gancedo's aim is to recover varieties local to Bierzo, such as Mencia, Godello and Doña Blanca. Xestal meets this goal perfectly. It is made of Mencia grapes from 60-100 year old vines. The vineyards are cultivated in the traditional manner with very low production per vine. This wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, clarified with egg white and lightly filtered. This wine can be stored for 2 years.
Serve at 16ºC
Blue fish, Grilled red meats, Game birds, Rice with meat, Beans and pulses, Stews, Sheep cheese, Cold meat
SightIntense and dark cherry colour. Bright. Fine tears on the glass.NoseIntense and powerful. Lots of notes of ripe fruit are released with very expressive toasted and spicy notes and a touch of milk and toffee, which gain ground over the aromas of fruit.TasteGood and embracing attack. Tasty and silky palate in which the fruit takes center stage. Fresh and well balanced expression. Very nice, long and persistent finish, which leaves a nice toasted and spicy aftertaste.
SightIntense and dark cherry colour. Bright. Thin tears.NoseIntense and powerful. Lots of notes of ripe fruit are released with very expressive toasted and spicy notes and a touch of milk and toffee, which gain ground over the aromas of fruit.TasteGood and embracing attack. Tasty and silky mid palate in which the fruit takes center stage. Fresh and well balanced expression. Very nice, long and persistent finish, which leaves a good toasted and spicy aftertaste.
SightIntense and deep cherry red.NoseIntense and powerful. Many notes of ripe fruit almost confitured with lots of notes provided by the oak: creamy, vanilla, toffee and toasted notes.TasteLarge attaque. Tasty and meaty mid palate, with presence of fruit again. Powerful, fresh and balanced wine. Pronounced tannins and lingering finish.
SightIntense cherry red color.NoseThe nose is presented greedy dominance of ripe red fruits.TasteThe mouth is big, very balanced, tasty, fresh and persistent.
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".