Ask Sid: Popular red grape on the Iberian Peninsula?

December 16th, 2020
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Question: What is the name of a popular red grape they grow on the Iberian Peninsula?

Answer: Believe you must be thinking of MENCIA. You will find it grown in north-west Spain and also Portugal (often labelled as Jaen). Usually produces a good value red wine that can take some aging to soften those inherent tannins of the variety. Recently enjoyed an aged “Tinto” Baltos 2005 by Dominio de Tares 13.5 from the Bierzo region aptly paired with a spicy Pasta Napolitana that worked well. IMHO this grape often seems to give something similar to pinot noir weight without the elegance but with floral bitter cherry fruit plus a spicy almost peppery Syrah note. Worth discovering. 

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December 16th, 2020

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