2016 Brezo Blanco Mengoba
ABOUT THE WINE
This energetic, textural bargain is a blend of 80% Godello and 20% Doña Blanca sourced from a variety of highland Bierzo terroirs. The Godello comes mostly from the stony Carracedo site as well as some clay/limestone plots in Valtuille and Villafranca del Bierzo. The Doña Blanca hails from similar sites but also includes some older vine material from the slate soils of Espanillo. This wine is vividly fresh with the kind of interest and vibrant energy so rare in whites at this price.
Bierzo is a small and remote ancient region in the north-western corner of Castilla y León, Spain. Until recently, it was unknown to the international wine market yet, thanks to the investment and innovation that swept Spain in the 1990s, it’s now one of the country’s rising stars. This area was once inhabited by the Romans, who extracted many tons of gold, and relics of their presence remain dotted throughout the region. The Sil River was an important waterway back then and remains so today, although other minor streams also wend their way through the region. Bierzo’s soil is different from that found in other parts of Castilla y Leon as it contains a predominance of slate and granite. This favours the Mencia vines and helps them to produce wines with a distinct mineral character. The wines tend to be lighter in terms of alcohol and more refreshing than those from other parts of Castilla y León.
The traditional food match is seafood, especially the local Galician shellfish specialties like scallops, mussels, clams, lobster, crab and oysters. In fact, the scallop shell is the longtime symbol of Galicia and the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Pilgrams walking the journey would bring back Galician scallop shells as proof that they completed the journey to the “end of the world” which at that time was the western coast of Spain.
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