Godelia Viernes Bierzo Mencía 2013 $26 (4.5 stars)

Crafted by Josep Serra and Olga Verde, this hand harvested little mencía (pronounced ‘men-thee-aah) erupts with florals and spice and hedgerow fruits on the nose. Yet on the palate it immediately calms down into a smooth, soft sip with suede-like texture, alongside a hint of salt, mushroom and mineral notes combine with earthy layers to create a fleshy, lithe wine. Grown in Spain’s Bierzo D.O, mencia is a slippery, saucy treat that’ll win over even the most hardened, anti-red wine person.

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