Vino de Pueblo, La Nave (Albares, Bierzo Alto)


90% Mencia 10% Garnacha Tintorera and Palomino from about 50 year old vines in mostly clay soils.  Grapes are destemmed and fermented in open 400L French oak barrels and 500L amphora where malolactic fermentation is completed. Aged for nine months in French oak, stainless steel, egg flextank.

92+ points
"This old vine wine from Germán Blanco is not technically in the D.O. of Bierzo, as these vines are in the far upper reaches of the region and just outside of the present day D.O. The small vineyard belonged to Germán’s grandmother and he splits his time between these vines and his excellent project in Ribera del Duero, Quinta de Milú (please see below). The vineyard is more than eighty years of age and planted to a classic Galician field blend of Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera, Doña Blanco and Godello, amongst others. Germán ferments both the red and white grapes together with indigenous yeasts and raises the wine in older Burgundy barrels. The 2021 La Nave comes in at a svelte 12.5 percent octane and offers up a beautifully deep and refined bouquet of sweet dark berries, pomegranate, tree bark, dark soil tones, a beautiful array of savory tones and spices and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully light on its feet, with a fine core of fruit, lovely soil signature and grip, ripe tannins and a long, vibrant and complex finish. This is lovely example of Bierzo. 2029-2065."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
Issue 105

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