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Who: Bodega Martin Codax
What: Cuatro Pasos 2004
Where: Bierzo, Castilla-Leon, Spain
Why: Merlot mundane? Sick of Shiraz? Betcha can’t say the same about the Mencia grape. Grown throughout northwest Spain, this grape has seen little success elsewhere — making it all the more cool! Medium bodied, with chewy dark cherries, earthy mushroom, herbal tobacco and ferrous minerality. Eighty year old vines give it a complexity and character beyond its price.
How (much): $17.99 BCLS
When: A fine pair for mushroom based dishes and rustic roasted poultry or pork.
Winespeak of the Week: Bierzo is a small, ancient region in the northwest corner of Castilla y Leon, just north of Portugal's Douro region on the Atlantic coast. Though unfamiliar to most, the exotic, old vine, rustic yet layered wines are catching on fast.