2015 Bierzo Mencia Red
Why We Love It:
This red is an amazing value – and even more spectacular introduction to one of the world’s most exciting wine regions and grapes. Bodegas Godelia is located in Bierzo, found high in the mountains of northwestern Spain. Here, they grow an indigenous red grape called Mencia.
Bodegas Godelia is a small family winery, farming about 75 acres of vineyards, in rugged and rocky mountainside vineyard sites, some of which are well over 100 years old. In total, the winery makes around 20,000 cases of wine each year.
This release – the 2015 vintage of Godelia’s Mencia – was honoured as #34 on the Wine Spectator’s 2019 list of the top 100 wines made anywhere in the world. Such lofty accolades are rarely bestowed upon wines from lesser known grapes grown in remote regions. It is a remarkable achievement all on its own, let alone the unbelievable value offered at $25 per bottle.
To lend a little additional context to this accolade, the average price per bottle of the 33 wines finishing ahead of Godelia Mencia on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list was $95 per bottle, as compared to this Mencia at $25.
Recipes & Food Pairings:
Think of Mencia as Spain’s answer to Pinot Noir. Yes – it is richer and darker and more full-bodied than almost any Pinot Noir out there, but it offers supreme balance, complexity, drinkability and food pairing potential. This time of year, it’s hard not to think of Thanksgiving flavours as excellent pairings for this red. It would certainly be a great choice at the Thanksgiving table next to Turkey. Here are a few more autumn inspired dishes to tempt you alongside Godelia Bierzo Mencia:
Smoked Turkey & Mushroom Pot Pie – RECIPE
Apple & Sage Pork Sausage Picatta – RECIPE
Garlic & Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb – RECIPE
BOTTLE: $24.95 per 750mL
CASE: $299.40 (case of 12 bottles)
Case Pack: 12 x 750mL
GRAPES: 100% Mencia
CLOSURE: Natural Cork
CELLAR POTENTIAL: Now to 2035
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 15°C to 17°C
“Black cherry, plum and currant flavors give this red a rich core of fruit, while leafy, licorice and mineral notes add complexity. Well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity focus the plush texture. Harmonious, showing good depth. Drink now through 2025. Ranked #34 in the 2019 Wine Spectator Top 100.”
#34 on List of Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines