100% Mencia - Among the world‚Äôs most ambitious yet intimate wine estates (to which one usually arrives by boat), Finca M√≠llara is the dream of Fernando de Santiago, who fell in love with the emerging, dramatic and nearly inaccessible Ribeira Sacra wine district, a historically significant wine region that had been virtually abandoned. In 2000, he began purchasing parcels in the uninhabited hamlet of A M√≠llara overlooking the Mi√±o, eventually acquiring the entire township and its surrounding slopes from hundreds of proprietary descendants. Reclaiming and restructuring the vineyard terraces A M√≠llara itself, following strict guidelines to maintain original architecture, incorporated the modern winemaking and aging facility. Vines are Menc√≠a, soils predominately decomposing red slate. Southern exposure, steep inclination and reflection from the Os Peares reservoir provide for ample grape maturity. Farmed without herbicides. One-third from pre-existing old vines on the estate combined with the young Menc√≠a vines planted on the reconstructed terraces. Spends 12 months in second-year medium-toast French oak barriques. Deep ruby. Sexy mineral-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry, with bright spicy and floral overtones. Sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are braced and lifted by juicy acidity, picking up a sexy violet pastille nuance with air. Smoky minerals give focus to the finish, which strongly echoes the dark berry note. Josh Reynolds, International Wine Cellar, 2009 vintage, 91 points.