Varieties: 90% Mencía-based blend, with some 5% Bastardo (Trousseau) and Caíño Redondo.
Appearance: Alluring ruby hued.
Nose: Incredibly perfumed, with floral, red berries, and some forest notes.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dark fruited, structured palate and the fine, powdery tannins evokes quality Côte de Beaune, yet the roll call of flavours points to something more off-piste with beguiling scents and flavours of tobacco, leather, tea leaves, spices and sour cherry keeping you tethered to the glass as the texture slowly unfurls. Expect both generous texture and fine vibrant freshness.
Vinification: Jose Luis Mateo is a fantastic winemaker that every wine lover should be keeping their eye on. Organically produced with grapes cropped from the same one-hectare vineyard as the white of the same name. Fermented in an open stainless steel vat with 60% full clusters and a very long maceration, was kept there for six months and then put in used 300- and 500-liter casks. 3,000 bottles.
Recommended Food Pairing: Roasted game (pheasant, woodcock, or quail), roasted mushrooms & chestnuts, or a wild rice pilaf.