2008 Benaza Mencía Monterrei

SKU #1051040

For yet another delicious example of the versatile Mencía grape, this unoaked beauty from Benaza should prove to many folks the charm of this delicious grape varietal. The DO of Monterrei is located to the west of Bierzo, on the way to Ribera Sacra and, eventually, Rias Baixas (home to Albariño). The climate is relatively cool by Spanish standards, which reflects in this effortlessly graceful, light to medium-bodied beauty. Full of lively blue and red berry fruits, this gem shows plenty of precision and quaffability, and at only 12% alcohol it is refreshing and delightful to drink. A true vin de soif, or thirst quenching bistro style wine, Spanish style." Our Spanish wine buyer, Joe Manekin, came to me and asked me to taste the 2008 Benaza Mencía Monterrei ($12.99) and wanted to know what I thought. My response after the first couple of sips was, How much is it? Buy all the importer has!' This wine has all the wonderful attributes of a cross between a really good Côtes du Rhône and a bright de-classified, everyday drinking Bourgogne. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is bright and flashy with notes of anise, red fruits and blueberries. Medium full, with soft, subtle tannins, the liveliness of this Gem will dance across the palate to a long, refreshing finish. An incredible value for near-term consumption and, according to Anderson, our other house red for the holidays." 12.5% abv. (Jim Barr)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/20/2010  | Send Email
Our Spanish wine buyer, Joe Manekin, came to me and asked me to taste the 2008 Benaza Mencía Monterrei and wanted to know what I thought. My response after the first couple of sips was, "How much is it? Buy all the importer has!" This wine has all the wonderful attributes of a cross between a really good Côtes du Rhône and a bright de-classified, everyday drinking Bourgogne. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is bright and flashy with notes of anise, red fruits and blueberries. Medium full, with soft, subtle tannins, the liveliness of this Gem will dance across the palate to a long, refreshing finish. An incredible value for near-term consumption and, according to Anderson, our other house red for the holidays. 12.5% abv.
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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/9/2009  | Send Email
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In your endless quest for the perfect red to open this holiday season, look no further than the Benaza Mencía! Made from the mercurially versatile Mencía grape native to Northwest Spain, this is a vibrantly alive, festive ruby of a wine with a redolent nose to outshine Rudolf. Bursting with bright cherry and cranberry flavors wreathed by suave tannins and precise acidity, it will richly complement a wide array of dishes from roast turkey to oven-baked ham to light appetizers. The Monterrei DO produces very little wine for export and we're very fortunate to offer this dazzling beauty to you at a remarkable price.

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 4/24/2010 
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An exceptionally fine wine with light to medium body and a smooth and well balanced flavor. The initial sip is a full and rich berry taste that remains through to the finish. A perfect wine for a warm afternoon, a cool evening or you name it.

 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 1/26/2010 
Great! BUY MORE! Red Berries, vibrant acidity, mineral. Anise is a good call, also, has a pastrami (smoky meat) on rye (bready and carraway) with thousand island dressing(creamy tomato) thing going on which is fascinating. Low alcohol makes it highly quaffable. 90 pts

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5