Tilenus Crianza Bierzo Mencia Spanish wine from Bodegas Estefania

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Tilenus Crianza Bierzo Mencia

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: Spain

Spanish wines are currently very fashionable with industry players praising the Albarinos from Rias Baixas, the earthy Priorat reds or the smooth, elegant reds from Ribera del Duero. However, it is to the north west of Spain that you should be turning your attention for the velvety, elegant, supple reds from the emerging Bierzo district.
The reds here are made from the Mencia grape that is thought to be a close relative of Cabernet Franc which may or may not have been planted here by French pilgrims on the way to nearby Santiago de Compostela.
The Tilenus produced by Bodegas Estefania is a great example of the wine of the region and the Mencia grape. A perfect, dark, velvety red with fine tannins and considerable length.

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