Producer: Bodegas Estefanía
Wine Name: Tilenus Roble
Wine Region/ Appellation: Bierzo
Grape varieties: 100% Mencía
Alcohol: 14,5 %
Guide Price: 9 €
Our Rating: +++++^ (5+)
Here is the 10th Spanish Wine under 10 Euros according to our Ranking. (Vintage 2009)
About the area
See previous post about Bierzo.
About the wine
More than ten years ago, with the help of top oenologist Raúl Pérez, the Frías Family commenced a journey of hard work: recovering old vines sitting on small vineyards that have as of today almost 40 ha. of these almost centenarian vines. These small vineyards have clay minerals soils, and are located mainly in the valleys and alluvial conglomerates around Pieros and Valtuille de Arriba.
The harvest is particularly labour intensive as it can only be done by hand, since there is not enough space for tractors and also the slopes are too steep. Each vine has a limited efficiency which often lies below 1.2 kg.
This cuvée of Tilenus is aged in french and american oak between 8 and 10 months and then rests in bottle for around 12 months. The oenologist will review it and only will declare it ready when it has reached the most optimal ageing time.
Deep red hue with a purple-blue rim.
Lovely pure cherry and blueberry fruit in the nose, marmalade, violet sweets and chilli. Charcoal with mint notes. Fresh grass. The savoury, firm palate shows good acidity. Well balanced. Strong and square tannins. Elegant bitterness. Very long, tasty and fruity finish. Easy drinking wine.
Perfect to drink now or in a couple of years. Will be great with trout and bacon or with barbecued vegetables.
This was the best vintage of this wine I ever tasted.