James Suckling
Ole Imports, 2014 A Portela

"A pure mencía that exhibits aromas reminiscent of dried flowers, sliced strawberries and some burnt oranges to boot. The palate is loaded with upfront fruit, plenty of fine tannins, a good backbone of acidity and a clean finish. Unoaked and made from 30-year-old, pure mencia. Drink now."

Ole Imports, 2014 A Portela

Ole Imports, 2014 A Portela

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2014 A Portela
Ladera Sagrada

100% Mencia

This wine is a superb value made from estate owned organically grown grapes. All the grapes come from the specific high elevation site of A Portela.

A Portela is a joint venture between the Sharon family and CVA. The Sharon family possesses the largest holdings of vineyard land in the Valdeorras appellation. A Portela is made with the best 20% of the vineyard land of the Sharon family. The mineral character of A Portela gives the wine a special identity.

After harvest, the skins mix with the unfermented juice for five days. This pre-fermentation “cold soak” enhances the wines aromas, color and flavor. Once fermentation has taken place, the skins spend another 10 days in tanks to extract all beneficial colors and tannins. The wine is aged 7 months in stainless steel to emphasize the pure, young flavor of the Mencía grape. (5000 cs)

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Producer Page: Ladera Sagrada