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Mencia may have had it’s moment in the geek sun already, and there are many examples that have hit the retail shelves and gained quite an audience, but the best examples continue to live somewhat on the fringes of the mainstream. For me these come from the Ribera Sacra where steep vineyards rooted in poor rocky soils trace the path of the Miño and Sil rivers in Galicia, Spain.
A relative bargain, the wines of D. Ventura epitomize the bright clarity and touch of finesse that these wines are capable of. Mencia is often compared to Cabernet Franc, and here you can get the association, though from the weight and tense structure of the wine. Mineral driven dark raspberry and cherry fruits are framed with mineral and peppery spice notes in a very refreshing, easy to pair with food style. 

Great Gifts for Geeks

Shardana IGT Valli di Portopino (2008)
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Domaine le Roc des Anges (1903)
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D. Ventura Vina Caneiro Ribeira Sacra (2010)
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Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Ribeira Sacra (2009)
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Monastero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium Rusticum (2010)
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Gravner Breg Anfora Venezia Giulia IGT (2005)
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Caves Jean Bourdy Cotes du Jura Blanc (2006)
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Puffeney Poulsard Cuvee M (2011)
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Lustau Emilio Rare Amontillado Solera Reserva Esquadrilla
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Equipo Navazos la Bota de Fino No. 35 Macharnudo Alto Sherry (NV)
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