SPAIN | BIERZO | PIZARRAS DE OTERO
ABOUT PIZARRAS DE OTERO
Pizarras de Otero is produced by bodegas Cuatro Pasos, an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterizes the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo. Pizarra also means blackboard, which explains the label design chosen by the winery for this fruit-driven, approachable red.
ABOUT MENCIA & BIERZO
Mencia is a grape variety native of Spain and rarely found outside of El Bierzo in Northwestern Spain. Mencia is sometimes compared to Cabernet Franc even though they are not genetically related. Bierzo’s soil includes a mixture of fine elements, quartz and slate. The vineyards are planted mainly on humid, dark soil that is slightly acidic and low in carbonates. Continental microclimate, with influences from Galicia and the plateau of Castilla y Léon. Average rainfall of ~700 l/yr, 59ºF and 2000 hours of sun per year.