Grapes come from a small single parcel on rocky slate, the wine is elegant and complex, with warm spice and red pimiento balancing floral and charcoal notes. Mencía is the star of the Bierzo region: it offers fascinating wines across a spectrum of styles from easy-drinking with supple tannins and succulent fruit; to concentrated, powerful styles with an exotic earthiness, smooth tannins and a reflection of the minerally-rich Bierzo terroir.
One of three single-vineyard bottlings, the 2018 Pico Ferreira was produced with grapes from a unique plot on slate soils at some 700 meters in altitude in Corullón (Toral de los Vados). Slate can sometimes give great finesse to the reds, and this is a good example. The palate reveals primary flavors, and this feels younger than the others. It's certainly different, a little ethereal and mysterious. It has some simplicity that is going to captivate many. In 2018, he did 50% full clusters with a maceration of 30 days, and the wine matured in a 600-liter oak barrel. 752 bottles were filled in December 2019.
César Márquez has deep roots in the Bierzo region. His introduction to winemaking was in his family winery Castro Ventosa, and he spent time in Mendoza. Now for his own project, he is exploring the possibilities of a Burgundy-inspired classification system in Bierzo. He works a number of parcels of old bush vines around Valtuille de Abajo.
His winemaking is low-touch, aiming to express the origin of the grapes over the process. The results are stunning for such a young project, his fresh, expressive Mencías and a characterful Godellos are catching the eye of wine writers and critics - snap some up while you can!