2019 Alvaredos-Hobbs Mencia
2019 Alvaredos-Hobbs Mencia Enticing aromas of blackberry and fresh thyme mingle with hints of rose petal, cardamom, and sumac. Juicy forest fruits and black cherry on the palate are complemented by spice and floral notes, with a slate-like minerality, fresh acidity, and well balanced tannins.
Our small parcel vineyards stretch along the steeply terraced, south-facing slopes of the River Sil, connecting the wine regions of Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. Here, the rugged terrain demands a careful tending of each vine, a practice which has been coined “viticultura heroica,” or “heroic viticulture,” by those who live and work in the region.
Paul Hobbs has combined his childhood roots on the family farm with an innovative scientific approach to refine the art of winemaking. He is recognized across the globe for breaking with tradition and forging new paths in the pursuit of excellence; both in stewardship of the land, and the crafting of wines that represent the classicist’s concept of place.
A first trip to Argentina in 1988 marked the beginning of a South American winemaking career that carries on today with his wines from Viña Cobos, and his status as a pioneer who helped launch malbec’s rise to fame. Today, along with a global consulting career, Paul is the owner and winemaker for Sebastopol, California based wineries Paul Hobbs Winery and Crossbarn, as well as his international partnerships: Viña Cobos of Argentina, Crocus of Cahors, France, Yacoubian-Hobbs of Armenia and his two latest projects in development: Hillick & Hobbs, focusing on Finger Lakes riesling, and Alvaredos-Hobbs in Galicia, Spain.
For more than 40 years, Paul Hobbs has navigated producing wines globally, engaging annually in two harvests across nine countries. His passion for viticulture, winemaking and innovation has been widely recognized by the wine media, as well as by the consumer.