Region: Bierzo, Spain
Grapes:85% Mencia, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 5% other varietals
Winemaking: Manual harvesting. Grapes were gently stepped on, leaving around 50% of whole grapes during fermentation. The wine is fermented naturally and macerated for 24 days. Manual sinking of the cap daily. 12 months French oak aging in 500L barrels. No filtration or temperature control.
Annual Production: 1,198 Bottles
Pico Ferreira is a parcel wine with distinctive characters due to its slate soil composition. Being the highest altitude parcel (710m) of the whole project range, the wine sings in an elegant way compared to its counterparts.
Perfumed. Alluring red flowers, cherry blossom with a touch of spices. Carbonic character, bubble gum. Medium and clean body, with a soft but refined tannin. Flavors of red cherry, flowers and a soft touch of pepper note. Good length of finish with minerals and fruits.
César Márquez Bodegas y Viñedos is César Márquez Pérez's own project range. If you are Bierzo's wine enthusiast, you must heard of the Pérez family, from the family's estate Castro Ventosa to Ultreia, by his uncle Raúl Pérez, the Wizard of Mencia. After working with his uncle for years, César started his own project in 2015, in searching for his own path on the burgundy-inspired terrior driven style, presented with a twist by the Mencia grape.
The project ranges from regional wine, village wine to several unique single vineyard sites. All of the grapes are sourced from more than 100 years old vines. Wines are vinified naturally with no temperature control and filtration. For the white, the grapes are destemmed and fermented in 500L French oak barrels without batonage; for the reds, grapes are fermented in open containers with certain percentage of whole bunches, some of the cuvees are macerated for up to 60 days, depending on the soil composition. The resulting wines are refined and elegant with a reflection to it's terroir.