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2020 Armas de Guerra Rosado Mencia, Bierzo DO, Spain (750ml)

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Founded by Don Antonio Guerra in 1879, Vinos Guerra is the oldest winery in the Bierzo appellation located in the northwestern region of Castilla y León, Spain. Guerra was a pioneer in the industry; he was the first to bottle méthode Champenoise wines in Spain, and also produced a variety of spirits from Agua Ardiente to Vermouth and Anisettes. The winery became a cooperative in 1963 and began producing wines under a plethora of different labels, which they still do today. Vinos Guerra is a giant force in the Bierzo appellation—out of the 7,413 acres under vine in Bierzo, they farm 2,471—yet they only produce wine with the best 10% of grapes. Vinos Guerra’s primary focus is the native grapes Mencia and Godello, yet they also farm Garnacha, Doña Blanca, Malvasia, and Palomino. With a rigorous grape selection process, very old vines that are 50+ years of age, and their tradition of producing unoaked wines, Vinos Guerra offers an impressive lineup of reds, whites and rosés that show incredible depth, purity, and aromatics.

This 100% Mencia rosé comes to us from almost 60-year-old vines in the lower valley of the Bierzo region. The free-run juice is drained at low temperature without previous maceration and under an inert atmosphere. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 12 days at 54°F. The resulting wine was subsequently aged in stainless steel before being bottled for release.

Palest peach color. Bright aromas of Alpine strawberry and banana peel. The palate shows soft red fruit: wild strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of freesia. The finish is vibrant and closes with a juicy, crisp, mineral flourish.

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