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||93 Pts Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate||Size:||750ML
93 Pts Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pizarra is named after the soils (pizarra is Spanish for slate) where the Mencia vines are grown. As the volume is higher than other reds, the clusters of grapes were foot trodden in 2,000 and 5,000 liter troncoconic oak vats with indigenous yeast and transferred to 225 and 600 liter barriques for 14 months aging. The nose shows ripe fruit and hints of malt (Islay whiskey?), decayed violets and some spices, really showy and intoxicating, very perfumed and attractive, like the best Mencia can be capable of. The palate is medium-bodied, with a special suppleness and tastiness, very fine-grained tannins and moderate acidity, surprisingly fresh for the grape and the warm vintage. Great Mencia, as good as it gets. 7,000 bottles were produced.
92 Pts Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
(made in a similar fashion as its siblings, from 80+-year-old vines): Inky ruby. Cassis, smoky minerals, tobacco and a floral note on the nose, along with a spicy component that builds with air. Juicy and tight on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a sexy violet pastille quality. Pliant and approachable, especially after a brief decanting, with supple tannins coming in late and adding shape and gentle grip to the sappy, clinging finish.
Vineyard: All estate owned vineyards on pure slate with very steep inclines. Most of the vineyards are terraced. The vines for this cuvee are on the higher end of age and average near 80 years old.
Orientation: South facing in the Amandi sub zone.
Soil: schist or "losa" as it is locally known.
Viticulture: The vineyard work is all done by hand including harvest. Fernando Gonzalez is in charge of the viticulture and practices biodynamics.
Vinification: The wines are fermented with wild yeasts. The grapes are foot troden in large oak fermentation vats.
Aging: Aged in old French oak barrels for 12 months and 12 months in bottle.
Production: Average annual production is 3,000 bottles.
Notes: The name Pizarra comes from the Castillan Spanish word for slate. -Winery