Dominio de Tares is situated in Bierzo, one of the most talked about wine regions of Spain. Mencía is the red grape variety of choice in the area. It is responsible for wines that embody complexity, opulence and intriguing aromatics. The high altitude of the vines moderates the opulence and power by investing the wines with great freshness and a streak of illusive minerality.
Baltos is made from 100% old-vine Mencia with very low yields,aged in American and French oak for 6 months. It is an elegant and individualistic wine with a nose of earth, clove minerals and red and black cherry. The palate is beautifully textured, smooth, fresh, spicy and medium-bodied with a long, rounded finish. It has a very warm and intense palate. Baltos seems to find favour with fans of the Pinot Noir grape, expect all the flavour incased in a more dense wine, very enjoyable.
This wine is best decanted at least an hour before serving. Recommended serving temperature: 16° C.
It pairs perfectly with medium-plus intensity dishes like tapas, snacks, white meat, paella, pasta and stews.
SILVER MEDAL AT THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE - 92 POINTS.
"Aged for six months in American and French barrels. Old, low-yielding vines on clay and slate ay 400 to 600m. Dark crimson. Heady sweet berries on the nose with some freshness. Really immediate fruit and charm with excellent balance of acidity and very fine tannins. Oak is very low key. There is more mineral-tasting influence. Already breathable and a very obvious transmitter of Bierzo character.
(Jancis Robinson, JR Purple Pages, July 2018)