Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

2012 Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla
$12.95 bottle/ $124.00 case

LAGARThis is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all about that validation, though. This wine absolutely rocks it with surprising depth and some serious intention in its bold black cherry, earth, cocoa, and coffee tinged fruit backed with full, integrated tannic structure and acidity that pops on the finish. A wine writer correctly described mencia as “Pinot noir on steroids”, owing to its medium to full-bodied feel and especially mencia’s ridiculous food affinity. I really am smitten here, and for the money it is a terrific value! Here’s what the Spectator had to say: “This firm red is reserved, but shows depth and integration, with mulled plum, licorice, mineral and smoke flavors that mingle over well-integrated tannins, giving way to the juicy finish. Drink now through 2022.”

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