Bierzo reds: panel tasting results

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In one of the most comprehensive Bierzo tastings held outside of Spain, our three Masters of Wine were enthused by the quality of reds made by the 'seductive' Mencia grape. See the top 16 Bierzo reds here...
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Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2009
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Dominio de Tares, Cepas Viejas 2009

Dominio de Tares, Cepas Viejas 2009
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW 19 Sarah Jane Evans MW 19 Mike Ritchie MW 18.5
Dominio de Tares is a young business founded in 2000 by a group of local enthusiasts excited by Bierzo’s potential for elegant, fine wines. The winery itself is no more than an Australian-style shed on an industrial estate, while the serious investment has come in the vineyards. They work only with Mencía and Godello (white), and draw on plots across the region to build complexity. Their success has been in producing great quality at very good prices, with wines that express the varietal character. For Cepas Viejas they use 60-year-old vines and a blend of American and French oak.
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW Meaty, earthy, sensual, unique. Intense fruit palate, with fine-grained tannins and a complex, original fruit expression. Long finish, very open. Great now but will improve.
Sarah Jane Evans MW Aromatics abound with cedar, mint and spices. Densely flavoured palate with spicy dark fruits, plums, oak, and fine grip of tannin. Style is bold and confident, full of character.
Mike Ritchie MW Black cherry and berry nose, allied to a discreet bolster of oak. Round and complete with juicy acidity. Very moreish. Nice work!
Price £16–£19.50 Raymond Reynolds, Swig
Drink 2013–2022
Alc 15%