Bodega del Abad, Bierzo DO (Castilla y León, Spain) Mencia “Abad Dom Bueno” 2016

($16):  Beirzo, located in the northwest corner of Castilla y León bordering Galicia and Asturias, is home to the Mencía grape, from which this wine is made.  With is weight and concentration, it’s a well-priced example of what that variety is capable of delivering.  A touch of oak still shows at this stage, but it is not intrusive nor overdone.  Tannins are noticeable, but not intrusive in this hearty wine, which is an easy choice for robust winter fare.
89 Michael Apstein Dec 15, 2020