Armas de Guerra Rosado Mencia
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
A historic winery founded in 1879, making wines with old vines 50+ years old, from dry-farmed vineyards. In addition Guerra controls one-third of all the vineyard land in Bierzo (1,000 ha or 2,471 acres) and only makes wine with the best 10% of the grapes harvested.
100% Mencia. Vines planted since 1963. Tended in river stone and clay soil at 525 m (1,722 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
This light, dry rosé is perfect for light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish and goat's milk cheeses.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:
The free-run juice is drained at low temperature without previous maceration and under an inert atmosphere. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 12 days at 12C. 100% unoaked.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:
The vineyards are located mostly in the lower valley of the Bierzo region. The vines are tended in clay and river stones. The average elevation of the vineyards is from 525 m (1,722 ft) elevation. Temperature from April to October average 16.3C (61.3F) with annual rainfall of 626mm (24.6").
Pale pink. Lively red berry and orange zest scents are complemented by fresh floral and white pepper flourishes. Juicy and precise, offering bitter red currant and tangerine flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Taut and nervy on the finish, which hangs on with good spicy persistence. -- Notes by Josh Raynolds
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