Mengoba Bierzo Blanco 2007
We are truly excited to be working with this Bierzo white wine. Bierzo sits in Northwest Spain inland of the more known Rias Baixas and was first developed for agriculture (including wine production) by the Romans. It was, however, the Cistercian monks in the middle ages that began truly developing viticulture in the region. Made by Gregory Perez, a French transplant to Bierzo, he came to the region in 2001. After working for some larger more commercially focused wineries, he began his own project in 2007. This Bierzo Blanco is from his very first year making wine on his own. His goal is to express the terroir of Bierzo through the use of native grape varieties (in this case godello and doña blanca), organic focused farming, and indigenous yeast fermentations. The vineyards sit in sandy loam and clay and are ox plowed. Grapes are hand harvested and the wine spends 5 months on it's lees with regular battonage which, is evident by it's silken broad texture. What's especially striking about this wine is how age has helped it develop so much complexity. In some ways there are notes reminiscent of aged Chablis. It's the perfect accompaniment to our smokey Sweetheart ham, our roasted chicken and spaetzle, or just the good tarragon chicken sandwich standby from our lunch menu.