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Review 2016 Akilia VSL Mencia 750ml

2016 Akilia VSL Mencia 750ml

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Akilia Villa de San Lorenzo Rouge

A native of Catalunya who studied enology and agronomy at Tarragona, Mario Rovira, returned to Spain after working in New Zealand, Sancerre, Napa Valley and Bordeaux, looking for a region where he could make wines of p
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Akilia Villa de San Lorenzo Rouge

A native of Catalunya who studied enology and agronomy at Tarragona, Mario Rovira, returned to Spain after working in New Zealand, Sancerre, Napa Valley and Bordeaux, looking for a region where he could make wines of precision – with fresh acidity, moderate alcohol and expressive of place. After an extensive search and with the support from his family he settled in Ponferrada and began acquiring a selection of vineyards in the foothills of the Montes Aquilanos (mountains of the eagles) in the DO of Bierzo. Named by the Romans who were astonished to see so many eagles circling above their peaks, the Aquilanos form the southern boundary separating Bierzo from the rest of Léon.

Naming his new project Akilia, in honor of the mountains where his 6.5 hectares of vines are located, Mario currently farms 5 sites: Fontairo, Chano Villar, Villarín, Lombano and Valdesacia. Fontairo is his largest plot at 2.5 ha of 75 year old Mencia, Palomino Fino and Doña Blanca planted on a gentle, west-facing slope of loamy clay over schist. Chano Villar is slightly smaller – 2 ha of 70 year old Mencia planted on an east-facing slope of clay over schist and slate. Villarín is a steep, 1 ha, east-facing vineyard of 70-95 year old Mencia planted on clay underpinned by schist and slate. At 0.5 hectares, Lombano is the smallest vineyard of Mencia that Mario farms. Its 70 year old vines are planted on a steep west-facing slope on sandy quartzite soils. At 750 meters above sea level, Valdesacia is not only the highest elevation site Mario farms, but his smallest – 0.4 ha of 115 year old Palomino Fino and Doña Blanca. Due to the elevation and proximity to the Aquilanos, Mario’s vineyards are located in a cooler part of Bierzo. This allow him to harvest ripe fruit a lower alcohol levels to create wines that are more expressive, floral and mineral than wines from warmer parts of the DO.