2013 Akilia "Villa de San Lorenzo" Mencía Bierzo

SKU #1219571 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is a new 'village' red, the 2013 Villa de San Lorenzo, which is sourced from the existing vineyards Chano Villar and Lombano, plus a third one planted some 75 years ago that they purchased next to the new Villarín called Fontairo. It was part fermented in cement vats and part in French barrique with indigenous yeasts. Only 30% of the volume matured in third-use French barriques while the rest was kept in the tanks until blending and bottling. The nose screams 'cool climate red' with some hints of acid berries, something earthy and a vegetal twist; the palate is medium-bodied, with almost unnoticeable tannins and soft acidity. Fresh and approachable naked Mencía. (LG)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

This is beautiful Mencía from Bierzo! It has the grape variety's signature peppery, structured, darker fruits, but very little of Bierzo's typical heft (note the 12.5% ABV) and in its place, a real sense of finesse. We're excited to see what the future holds for Akilia, because if this wine is any indication there is indeed a lot to look forward to. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2015 | Send Email
This wine opens with intense dark berry aromas combined with an irrepressible meaty, smoky note. Pleasantly fresh acidity gives mobility to the round, young fruit on the palate, and a gentle attack of tannin plays nicely off the game and smoke notes which continue into the finish. High-quality, thoughtfully made wine!

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5