Concentrated, pleasant flavours, a decent value and an agreeable [albeit slightly generic] companion to everyday dishes.
Estate: With over 500 years of consecutive family history behind them, the Alvarez de Toledo family has numerous accomplishments, notably beginning in 1472 when Count Don Garcia Alvarez de Toledo was granted the title of Duke of Alba by Henry IV of Castile. Jump to 1514 when Pedro Alvarez de Toledo founded the family’s lengthy tradition of winemaking. The estate is located in a valley in the mountains of northern Spain, and is now recognized as a World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve.
Winemaking: The vineyards are located in a unique, mild and humid microclimate. The Mencia grape is thought to be indigenous to the region, and through multiple generations of vine selection, the family has culled “the most suitable variety for producing red wines of great character”. Aged for 10 months in American and French oak.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of strawberry, oak and traces of cigar box spice. Concentrated black cherry leads to a dense finish of white peppercorn, vanilla and dried strawberry notes.
Bottled for Alvarez de Toledo Vinedos Y Grupo Bodega, S.L. by R.E. 8466/LE00
Rated 91 points by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate