Michelini i Mufatto 2021 'En el Camino' Mencia, Bierzo
Item Number: 18233
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Bierzo
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 90% Mencia / 10% Blend of Palomino, Doña Blanca, and Alicante Bouschet
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Slate, stone, and clay
Vine Age: 100-year-old goblet-pruned vineyards
Farming: Organic with biodynamic principles
Winemaking Notes: En el Camino is produced using 50% whole clusters and 50% destemmed fruit. Short maceration occurs, followed by spontaneous fermentation with native yeast and a subsequent 10-month aging in clay jars.
About Bierzo: The Bierzo D.O. was established in 1989. Today there are only 74 commercial wineries in the region, and not all export to the USA. There are 5,800 acres under vines, which are fragmented tiny plots of old vines on steep hillside and hilltop locations. Mencia makes up around 75% of all plantings. The soils are primarily slate and granite on the slopes with sand and clay near the valley floor. The appellation is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean while protected from extreme weather by the Leon and Cantabrian mountain ranges.