Trasto Tinto Prieto Picudo, Bodegas LaOsa
Spain – 2018
Tasting Note: Elegant, well-balanced Spanish red, heady with violets and white pepper, followed by cherry and raspberry on the palate.
Food Matching: A great match for roast chicken, smoked meat, and rich Italian pasta dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise.
Vineyard: La Osa, is the name of the wine project of Noelia de Paz. In 2015 and after ten years of experience in the wine trade, Noella started her own project, seeking to not just bring back indigenous varieties, but to also champion the local Mencia grape. Her work spreads over Bierzo and through to Leon in some of Spain’s most spectacular landscape. All her effort goes into maintaining traditional practices in keeping with the environment and avoiding any unnecessary intervention whenever possible. Just like Noelia, her wines are full of character, whether they be the “Trasto” (naughty!) wines of Leon, to the more serious La Osa Mencia wines of Bierzo. The grapes for this wine are grown in clay soil with river stones at 750m altitude. Leon has a continential climate with long, cold winters and hot summer days and cold nights.
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested into small 18kg boxes. 80% of the grapes are then de-stemmed, leaving the remaining 20% to undergo fermentation in whole clusters. Fermentation then takes place in foudres (wooden vats) and punching down is exercised once a day to generate extraction of fruit, colour and tannin. After 20 days of maceration, alocholic fermentation finishes upon where the wine is then passed into a stainless-steel tank before bottling.
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