Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos 2005
pretty tasteless. not bad, just not much there. had it on the 2nd day after drinking one glass the night before when it obviously needed some air. it thickened but no flavors came out.
Deep dark color with thick legs. The nose is smokey minerals and rich paste like black fruits. Raw meat and dark pepper ladden black cherry. In the mouth on first sip I see medium tannins and a high acidity that leaves the mouth with a dry finish and chalky texture. Rich and layered with dark cherry notes, black berry and charcoal notes. Really a wine that opens up with time. A bit thin at first it was strange to see this wine take on body with time out of the bottle. For the money a wine worth trying. Though it does have a big structure I would say this wine will not improve too much, but rather just needs some air to really develop. 3.5/5 [NR]
A very nice introduction to the 100% Mencia group. This one will make you want to try a few more of this varietal.
Had this at La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights - amazing wine! Aromas that would make you think twice about it - barn yard and earth. Deliciously earthy and fruity on the palate.
Deep viscous cranberry color consistent from rim to core. The bouquet, although harsh and musty in the beginning, the wine eventually calmed to a nice round bouquet of chocolate, black cherry, charcoal and fresh dirt. To be honest, I really disliked the flavor of this wine in the beginning, feeling as if it lacked both body and finish, leaving me with an almost acidic and flabby sensation in my mouth. I originally tossed the wine off as a unimpressive wine that needed considerable more time in bottle, but I was wrong. Over the course of our meal, I found the palate to change completely, and like the nose, it evolved into a softer mouthfeel with stronger notes of black berry, charcoal and even a note of violet near the end. From where it began to where it eventually ended, I would suggest this wine both for the quality and for the experience of having a wine change so dramatically with time.
A complex wine with noticeable terroir made from the Mencia grape in Bierzo. A great front end - with lead pencil and leather, but loses a bit in the mid-palate. 60 year-old vines grown at almost 3000 feet above sea level delivered only about one cluster per plant! A good effort but at $30 probably not great value.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos
Dominio de Tares Baltos 2005: Jahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: BierzoWeingut: Dominio de TaresRebsorte: 100% MenciaRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 0.13 Rotwein
This 100% unoaked Mencia, made especially for the U.S. market, is a terrific buy. With lovely aromatics, fruit and little tannin, it has a Beaujolais-like style and sensibility, but with more substance.
The 2005 Baltos Mencia comes from a less steep terroir and is aged in oak for 6 months. This purple-colored effort exhibits an attractive bouquet of minerals, earth, black cherry and raspberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with concentrat... Robert Parker. A Mencia wine from Bierzo in Spain. 2005 Dominio de Tares Baltos 750ml
(Dominio de Tares 'Bembibre' 2002) 'Lush on the nose, with wild game, smoke, and blackberry filling every void. Almost Syrah-like in its weight, more so than the other Mencia wines that are making a statement. Which only means that it's chewy, chocolaty, and creamy... 91 points'---Michael Schachner, The Wine Enthusiast, June 2005(Dominio de Tares 'Bembibre' 2002) 'From select vineyard plots of almost 100-year-old vines, the licorice, mineral intensity of this red inspires oohs and aahs with every sip.'---Leslie Sbrocco, 'Spain Reigns,' The San Francisco Chronicle, February 10, 2005(Dominio de Tares Bembibre Bierzo 2002) 'Deep ruby-red. Black raspberry, black cherry, mint, herbs and roasted oak on the nose. Sweet, dense and a bit youthfully reduced, with round, spicy flavors of blackberry, coffee, minerals and herbs. At once serious and pretty. Finishes persistent and ripely tannic, with cool notes of menthol and herbs. A very successful wine for this cool vintage. 89 Points'---Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, September/October 2004(Dominio de Tares, Bembibre 2002) - 'Rich and powerful, yet perfectly balanced and focused. Black fruit flavors are supported by toast and coffee notes from oak; muscular tannins give structure without obtrusiveness. Though elegant, it has enough power to reward cellaring. 93 Points' --- Thomas Matthews, The Wine Spectator Weekly, September 23, 2004
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On the nose, powerful aromas of red berries, specifically raspberries and cherries, and plum. Floral hints, mixed with tobacco are evident as well. It is very well-structured on the palate with impeccable balance. A rich, elegant, long finish expresses excellent acidity. Toasted notes of exotic spices linger on the tongue.
|Sugar: 2.0 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 4.8 grams per liter|
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