Happy Saturday! Of course, this being the first Saturday of August, it's also Cellar Saturday, that one day per month where I raid the cellar for a bottle that's attained an appropriate level of maturity. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2005 Bodegas Estefania Tilenus Mencia that I recently bought from Wines Till Sold Out. The wine is made from 100% Mencia grapes, which have experienced a bit of a revival with winemakers utilizing grapes from higher elevations and older vines, yielding much more age worthy wines. This bottle was somewhat disappointing as the cork disintegrated when I tried to open it, so I decanted and then had to run the wine through some filter paper to get rid of the cork fragments (not sure what impact that will have on the wine). So after a rough start, let's see what this wine has to offer.
The wine is a deep, inky black at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents pleasant aromas of blackberry, cherry, anise, green grass and tar, that suggests this will be a serious wine. The taste is surprising as there is a rush of ripe fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and ripe plum that just overwhelm your senses. The rich fruit transitions to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, with dusty limestone and granite that persist into the finish. The tannins are nicely structured for a velvety mouthfeel and a long, supple dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, it's a very pleasant drinking wine that is just starting to reach its prime. I would recommend decanting for at least an hour and letting the wine breathe as well, as this one definitely opens up to reveal even more complexity among the fruit. This wine would pair well with a nice grilled steak, paella of some more robust Mediterranean dishes, but tonight I am going a bit off script and enjoying this one with a grilled swordfish steak along with some oven roasted fingerling potatoes and some grilled organic rainbow carrots. The fruit in the wine really offers a nice contrast for the flavor of the swordfish. Cheers!