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Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos Red 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The 100% Mencía grapes for this wine come from gobelet-pruned, 40-year-old vines from hillside and river bench vineyards with clay and calcareous soils and located in three different areas—Cabanelas, Valtuille and Almázcara. After green pruning and leaf removal, the grapes are handpicked in small, 15kg crates with manual selection on the sorting table. Following an 18-day alcoholic fermentation at 28ºC, the wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. All of the wine is aged for four to seven months in lightly toasted French and American barriques. The wine is naturally clarified but never filtered.

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Vinedos Y Bodegas Dominio De Tares:
New Cepas Viejas, new technology, knowledge and passion for the wine is the presentation card of Dominio de Tares. Far away from foreigner varieties and focusing our efforts in the native Mencía and Godello varieties, we have brought out surprising wines because of their equilibrium and elegance; wines that cradled in noble woods fulfil our satisfaction. The tendering of an ancient vi... Read more
New Cepas Viejas, new technology, knowledge and passion for the wine is the presentation card of Dominio de Tares. Far away from foreigner varieties and focusing our efforts in the native Mencía and Godello varieties, we have brought out surprising wines because of their equilibrium and elegance; wines that cradled in noble woods fulfil our satisfaction. The tendering of an ancient vineyard, with vines rooted in the heart of the Bierzo; the manual harvest, cluster by cluster; and the time passing by the juice sleeping in French and American barrels, confer our wines with unique traits in the Spanish wine panorama. Our working philosophy, concentrating in the continuous effort to become better; and the commitment to our clients and consumers sums up the soul of this winery, founded in the year 2000. Founded only in 2000, Dominio de Tares was started by a group of young individuals from Bierzo, only one of whom, Amancio Fernandez, a highly acclaimed winemaker, was previously involved in wine. Despite the seeming lack of experience, they have become one of the region's leading producers. Their focus is on making wine from old vine Mencia grown high in the hills. Producing 500,000 bottles annually from 200 acres (75 acres of their own vineyards, and 125 acres leased), they are one of the largest in the region. Pedro Gonzalez replaced Fernandez as technical director (winemaker) two years ago. Read less

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09/25/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos Red

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

The 2008 Baltos made from 100% Mencia and aged for 6 months in seasoned French and American barriques. It offers up an earthy minerality along with aromas of cherry cola and spicy black fruits. Dense, rich, and layered on the palate, this juicy, pleasure-bent effort has enough stuffing to evolve for 1–2 years but can be approached now. It is an outstanding value.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

Herbal and smoky notes mingle in this light, firm red, framing a modest core of cherry and tobacco. Fresh acidity keeps it all lively, despite slightly grippy tannins. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

Vivid ruby. Red berries and cherry pit on the nose, with complicating notes of smoky herbs and cracked pepper. Nicely focused dark fruit flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and show a touch of bitterness on the back. Gentle tannins add shape to the spicy dark fruit finish. This is drinking well now.



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This is a vibrant example of all that is fascinating about the Mencía grape: intensely bright fruits of blueberries and raspberries accompanied by an herbal and floral note, like rosemary and rosehips. American oak dustiness adds to the fun and character of the wine. Such a wine is indispensible at the table; grilled fish, vegetarian dishes, and lighter meats are perfect for the wine’s medium weight and succulent personality.

The 100% Mencía grapes for this wine come from gobelet-pruned, 40-year-old vines from hillside and river bench vineyards with clay and calcareous soils and located in three different areas—Cabanelas, Valtuille and Almázcara. After green pruning and leaf removal, the grapes are handpicked in small, 15kg crates with manual selection on the sorting table. Following an 18-day alcoholic fermentation at 28ºC, the wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. All of the wine is aged for four to seven months in lightly toasted French and American barriques. The wine is naturally clarified but never filtered.

90000 bottles produced.

Notes: 6 months of aging in both French and American Oak


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