Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bodegas Avanthia 2008 Avanthia, Valdeorras

Avanthia

This Spanish wine came to me via a closeout from Andersons last year. The primary grape is Mencia, which I have never tried, and so I thought I’d take a flyer.

Valdeorras is a mountainous area in the Galica in northwest Spain. The area is gaining a following for their Mencia reds and Godello whites.

Avanthia makes an impression even before you taste a glass. The bottle is heavy duty, similar to what might hold an expensive Napa Cabernet. Interestingly enough, the cork is also one of the longest I’ve extracted from a bottle.

The aroma is a mix of earth and herbs. On the palate this is medium in body and well balanced.

Layers of smoke, earth and red fruit notes interact. There is good acidity and the tannins have been integrated nicely.

I picked this up for $26, well under the going price of $46. This is an interesting wine that should accompany lighter red meat entrees very well. It should also pair nicely with a tapas-style meal.

Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5

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