Alberto Orte A Portela Mencia Valdeorras 2017 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL


94 rating Wine Enthusiast
“Deep garnet in color, this wine has a bouquet of ripe summer cherry, raspberry and a hint of rose petal. Bright red fruits transfer to the palate, where they are met by velvety tannins and notes of slate, clove, aniseed and lavender that culminate in an enduring finish.” — Mike DeSimone, Wine Enthusiast


“Mencía, the hallmark grape of northwestern Spain, wears many hats. Ranging from rustic and powerful to high-toned and elegant, it is a variety that clearly reflects its terroir. In this case, A Portela comes from DO Valdeorras, the “gateway to Galicia.” Beloved in ancient times as the only place the Romans found that could grow olives so far north on their supply line, Valdeorras is warmer than its neighbors to the west, shielded by mountains from the cold wet winds of the Atlantic. It’s also cooler than its neighbor Bierzo to the east, similarly shielded from hot Continental winds by mountains. While this area is best known for white wine production (particularly Godello), Valdeorras was, historically, home to beautiful reds as well.” Ole y Obrigado Importers

“Winemaker Alberto Orte produces A Portela from a single vineyard, planted to high elevation slate and granite soils. This combination of elevation, soil and temperate climate makes for an elegant, mineral-driven Mencía that carries both generosity of fruit and spice and also precise, elegant acidity. Truly a unique plot, it’s no wonder that the A Portela subdistrict is nicknamed the Gateway to Heaven!” The Importer

Additional information

Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 17 in
Custom Label 0