Alberto Orte 2015 'A Portela' Mencia, Valdeorras DO
Item Number: 15189
Sub Region: Valdeorras
Appellation/AVA: Valdeorras DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Mencia
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay, granite, and slate
Case Production: 1,690
Mencía, the hallmark grape of northwestern Spain, wears many hats. Ranging from rustic and powerful to high-toned and elegant, it is a variety that clearly reflects its terroir. Winemaker Alberto Orte produces A Portela from a single vineyard, planted to high elevation slate and granite soils. This combination of elevation, soil and temperate climate makes for an elegant, mineral-driven Mencía that carries both generosity of fruit and spice and also precise, elegant acidity.
Winemaking Notes: The Mencía sees a 5-day cold soak in tank. Once fermentation takes place, the skins macerate with the juice for another 10 days before racking. The wine ages for 12 months in stainless steel plus another 8 months in French oak barrels before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Fragrant rose and cherry aromas show on an even and plush palate. A Portela has fine, yet powerful tannins. Pairing suggestions include herb-roasted chicken, pork loin, sautéed mushrooms, lamp chops, and salmon.