Bierzo Mencía

Bierzo

Cuatro Pasos

As well as their work in pioneering the whites of Galicia, Luciano Amoedo...

and Katia Álvarez of Martín Códax also make this red wine in Bierzo. The Bierzo DO lies further inland from Rías Baixas, with a slightly warmer climate where Mencía is the native variety.

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Vineyards

The discovery of four bear footprints in a magnificent vineyard in the highest areas of the Bierzo inspired the name of this wine - Cuatro Pasos or Four Steps. It is a 100% Mencía from grapes chosen from the over 80 year old vines found in slate soil vineyards located in the high areas of the Bierzo region.

Vintage Information

The vintage in Bierzo proved quite tricky in 2014, with reduced yields compared to the year before. Late rains affected the harvest and selection was necessary in the vineyard. Nevertheless, the quality of the fruit was good and the resulting wines have a lovely balance to them.

Vinification

After destemming and crushing, a pre-fermentation maceration took place at 12ºC. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 24-26ºC. After vinification, the wine was matured for two - three months in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Morello cherry red in colour with violet reflections. The varietal aromas of red fruits dominate the bouquet with a subtle hint of vanilla from the oak toasting. The palate is elegant and balanced, with a fruit driven finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Mencia
Region Bierzo, Galicia
Winemaker Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 4.2g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l