Wine of the Week: 2009 Pago de Valdoneje Mencia

A red from


Bierzo region, the 2009 Pago de Valdoneje is 100% Mencia from vines that are 60 to 100 years old. The gorgeous ruby wine is incredibly aromatic, tasting of spice and earth. It has a wildness and a complexity that's unbelievable at the price. It's made by Raul Perez, one of Bierzo's star enologists, whose own wines sell for much much more.

Drink it with a plate of


jamón ibérico

and Spanish chorizo, with hearty bean soups and stews,

arroz con pollo

and anything from the grill or barbecue.


Bierzo, Spain


$10 to $14


Rich and full-bodied

What it goes with:

Serrano ham, bean soups and stews, barbecue

Where to find it:

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, (310) 278-2855; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816,

; Topline Wine & Spirits in Glendale, (818) 500-9670,

; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,

; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,

; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,

; among others.