Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: *** $$ The Pilgrimage Mencia, Bierzo, Spain, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Mencia is a lesser-known native grape of north west Spain.  Here it is captured in a pure varietal form.

Original tasting and review : This is The Pilgrimage Mencia, Bierzo, Spain, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Pilgrimage is deep magenta with brick highlights, moving to opaque within an inch of the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows funky, deep, muddled and lightly oxidized red and black berry puree.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet, full, but perhaps tired.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact balanced and friendly on the palate, showing elements of pepper and sage with a deep fruit.  Quick but clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for being plenty pleasant.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Much cleaner nose now, red ruddy berries.  Nicely integrated pepper and round fruit.  Moves up a half point with the air time, to three stars with its clean, layered redness. 

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