This has been my week for firsts. Three decades in tasting wine and this is my first Bierzo. The Mencia grape yields a bouquet that is spicy with red fruit and black licorice that is subtle.
The palate is sweet (relatively speaking) yet tight and lots of cherries with black pepper. It is somewhat closed but interesting.
On re-review of this wine a day later I noted--Dark purple and plummy bouquet with sweet licorice. Palate is young with pushy tannins leaving it a little chewy. It finishes fairly quickly but this wine needs more time to grow up. I paid $20 on the suggestion of a wine guy at my favorite store in Portland, Maine. RSVP on Forest Ave. is worth the stop. Raise a glass.