La Vizcaína, Bierzo Tinto 2016
Raúl Pérez is a fascinating, long-bearded, short Spanish man who is making some of the best wine in the world right now. Across the spectrum, the wines aren’t the big and fruity Spanish wines of the past.
The red grape of Spain to look for is Menciá. Menciá is a grape mostly found in the northwestern part of the country. That area is cold and very green. This area’s focus was mostly white wine until a few quality-minded producers started to bring back a style of Mencia which is peppery, tangy, and fruity - a perfect combination for it to be a bit chilled.