2015 El Cayado Mencia, Bierzo

2015 El Cayado Mencia, Bierzo
Price: $8.99

Adegas Galegas makes wines from three World-Class D.O.’s: Rías Baixas, Monterrei and Bierzo. In this area it is common to see pilgrims travelling through the Mencia vineyards on The Way of St. James, often carrying “El Cayado” or traditional pilgrim walking sticks.  The wine is made from 100% Mencia and shows predominantly the red-fruit flavors of cherries and strawberries, with notes of flowers and minerals on the back end. Light and refreshing, but with a surprising amount of nuance and depth. This is thanks in part to the brownish-grey slate in Bierzo that allows the Mencía grape to reach its maximum expression in such a mild climate. Great for pairing with tomato-based dishes but also as a fun alternative to Pinot Noir.