The Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccia Mencia from Spain is not only a rich, delicious red, it's a bargain and then some. As wine and food writer for "The New York Times", Eric Asimov states, you won't soon forget this great, lesser-known grape. The Mencia grape is known for lending great ageability to its wines; it will sit quietly in your wine cabinet for several more years, or you can partake now. If you've chosen the latter, fill your glasses and get acquainted with this rojo espanol while you snack on Spanish ham, Manchego and fig tartines. Happy? Prepare to get even happier when you contemplate the main course... This Vinos de Arganza's beautiful balance and structure, dark, mature fruit and luscious nature make it a natural with meats on the heartier side like game, lamb and beef. Our first choice is a Cocido Lebaniego, a Cantabrian meat stew with chickpeas. Beware though, it will taunt you mercilessly with the most delicious aromas for hours while it's cooking; this choice is not for the faint of heart. Roast pork tenderloin rubbed with paprika, garlic, almonds and Madeira won't disappoint either. Another simple yet perfect combination is olive-crusted racks of lamb. At this price, you'd better have at least two bottles waiting in the wings. Refill your glasses and savor a creamy and tangy Los Beyos cheese from Spain. La vida es corta! Bebida Mencia, winelovers!
Wine Spectator: Designated Smart Buy. "This plush red delivers a deep well of black cherry and currant flavors, with licorice and cocoa notes that give way to a floral finish. Well-integrated tannins and lively acidity keep this focused. A richer style. Drink now through 2028." Oct 2018
Winery: "Intense ruby colour, with ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas and beautifully balanced smokey cedar oak notes. These red fruit notes transpire onto a silky smooth, mouth wateringly juicy, herbal rounded palate leaving a persistent ending taste."
|Aging||6 months in American oak; further refining in bottle