Conde de Hervías & Mencos Press

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

91 Points
2009 Conde de Hervias Mencos Rioja Crianza
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($26) (all tempranillo; aged in used American oak for a year): Deep ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by vanilla and smoky Indian spices. Chewy and expansive on the palate, offering smoke-accented cherry compote and black raspberry flavors and an invigorating kick of minerality. Closes silky and long, with a hint of dark chocolate and gentle tannic grip.

91 Points
2006 Manso de Zuniga Mencos Rioja Reserva
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($33) (made from tempranillo vines that are reportedly over 50 years old; aged for 16 months in American oak): Ruby-red. Complex, perfumed bouquet evokes dried cherry, vanilla, incense and candied rose, along with a smoky topnote. Juicy and focused on the palate, with bitter cherry and cassis flavors spreading out and gaining sweetness with air. Shows very good energy and clarity on the long smoke- and spice-accented finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.

89 Points
2012 Manso de Zuniga Mencos Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($18) Saturated ruby. Ripe, deep cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by dark chocolate and black cardamom. Smoky and seamless in the mouth, offering plush dark fruit flavors and a hint of black pepper. Finishes with good cling, soft tannins and a lingering suggestion of succulent herbs.

88 Points
2011 Conde de Hervias Mencos Rioja Blanco
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($16) (all viura and all stainless steel): Light gold. Fresh melon, pear and honey on the nose and palate, with a touch of ginger adding vibrancy. Supple and open-knit, finishing with good back-end punch and lingering spice and floral qualities. Very easy to drink, and has the richness to handle strongly seasoned food.

93 Points
2009 Conde de Hervias Torre del Conde de Hervias Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($45) (90% tempranillo and 10% graciano; fermented in stainless steel and then aged in 80% French and 20% American oak for 14 months):  Bright ruby.  Potent dark berry and floral scents are complicated by candied licorice, vanilla and incense.  Sappy, penetrating black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and pick up a peppery nuance with air.  Closes with outstanding clarity and length, with smooth tannins adding shape.  These vines reportedly range from 80 to more than 140 (!) years of age.

92 Points
2008 Conde de Hervias Torre del Conde de Hervias Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($74) Vivid purple.  Smoky cassis and cherry aromas are complicated by vanillin oak, Indian spices, anise and cracked pepper.  Sweet blackcurrant and cherry-vanilla flavors display a suave mix of depth and energy, with soft tannins adding structure.  The sweet, persistent finish shows shows excellent lift and an echo of sexy oak spices.  This wine is a huge success for the vintage.

90 Points
2011 Conde de Hervias Mencos Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($16) (sourced from a single vineyard of 45-year-old vines called El Romero):  Bright ruby.  Bright red fruits on the nose, with peppery spices and a floral element adding nuance.  Pliant and sweet but energetic as well, conveying an appealing vibrancy to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors.  Silky tannins build on the long, sweet finish, which leaves a subtle smoky note behind.

92 points
2006 Conde de Hervias Torre del Conde de Hervias Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($45) (90% tempranillo and 10% graciano, from vines that are reportedly over 80 years old; raised in 80% French and 20% American oak):  Ruby-red.  Sexy, spice-accented aromas of cherry-cola, cassis and candied rose, with subtle vanilla and pipe tobacco nuances.  Sweet and supple in texture, with deep dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that show very good energy.  Finishes sweet and very long, with gentle tannins and lingering smokiness.