Jose Antonio García
Unculín Tinto Mencía de Valtuille 2017

Unculin

Unculín is a fresh, vin de soif style Bierzo which offers an antidote to over-blown, internationally-styled wines previously made in the region. Jose’s mineral Unculín echoes the forgotten traditions of the Bierzo region while pushing the envelope. This wine shines when ordered from a magnum.

Vinification From Jose’s organically-grown, family-owned vineyards in the village of Valtuille de Abajo; planted with 60 to 100-year-old traditional mencía bush vines from an ancient genetic ancestry. Some of these vines are more than 200 years old. Grapes are hand-picked, leaving stems on 30% of the bunches. Unculín undergoes a spontaneous fermentation by natural, indigenous yeast in large, neutral, French foudres with a 30-day maceration post-fermentation. Four months of aging on the fine-lees and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel without topping up. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal intervention.

  • Site

    Valtuille de Abajo at 500m to 600m

  • Grapes

    Mencía

  • Vine Age

    Vines planted from 1936 to 1956

  • Soil

    Clay and sandy loam with stones

  • Farming

    Practicing Organic

  • Suggested Retail

    $24.00 (750ml)
    $44.00 (1.5L)