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Raul Perez Bodegas y Vinedos
Winery Wines

Rotwein 2018 D.O. Bierzo Mencia "Ultreia Rapolao", Castilla y León, Spain

Type: Rotwein (Red wine)
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Price: 54.90 €
Organic labeling: Vegan wine
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Maturing: Barrique
Variety: Mencia 100%
Registration number: #RaPe-L01

Wine Review Report:

Last reviewed: 30 August, 2021

The DO area is located in the extreme northwest of the Spanish region of Castilla y León. The vineyards cover over 4,000 hectares of vines at an altitude of 400 to 800 metres above sea level, with over 20 municipalities on clayey heavy soils, as well as quartzite and slate in the mountainous areas. A moderate, mild climate prevails. The clearly dominant grape variety, covering about three quarters of the area, is Mencía, which must be present in 70% of the red wines. Other red wine varieties are Garnacha Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah, Prieto...

One of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain or historical landscape (also Old Castile, Spanish Castilla y León) with around 66,000 km² in the north of the Iberian peninsula, also known as the "land of castles". This was once the border region between the Christian and Moorish worlds, which is why many border fortresses were built here. It is considered the heartland of modern-day Spain. In 1492, the Moors were expelled and Valladolid became the capital instead of Burgos. It remained so until 1561, when King Philip II. (1527-1598) chose Madrid in New Castile as the new capital. In the extremely eventful 16th century, viticulture experienced a heyday due to the needs of the...

Viticulture in Spain has an ancient tradition, as vines were cultivated here at least 5,000 years ago. The Phoenicians founded the city of Gadir (Cádiz) around 1100 BC and traded heavily in wine in the Mediterranean region. The first flowering occurred in 200 BC, because the Romans loved the wine from Baetica (Andalusia). Development was halted by the Moorish invasion in 711. For religious reasons, the Muslims cleared large parts of the vineyards or only allowed the production of sultanas. They brought with them the art of distillation, which was not used for alcoholic beverages, however, but for essential oils, as...

The red grape variety comes from the Iberian Peninsula, probably from Spain. Synonyms are Fernão Pires Tinta, Jaen, Jaen du Dão, Jaen Galego, Jaen Galeno, Loureiro Tinto (Portugal); Jaén Tinto, Mencía Pajaral, Mencía Pequeno (Spain). It must not be confused with the varieties Juan García, Jaén Tinto and Loureiro Tinto, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities appear to indicate this. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2015, it is probably a natural cross between Alfrocheiro x Patorra. The variety was first mentioned...

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