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Verónica Ortega Quite 2021

Verónica Ortega Quite

A Bierzo with one eye on the Rhône


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production18,000 - 20,000 bottles

The wine

Produced using Mencia grapes from vines over 90 years old, Quite is packed with a wonderful typicity and character hard to believe at this very affordable price. A limited production of fewer than 20,000 bottles a year is usually only available on the market for a few months before they have all been snatched up. Anyone who has ever tried a glass of Quite cannot help buying this wine again, seduced by its soothing herbal aromas and sweet spices. As you pour it into the glass, its bright cherry-red colour leaves no doubt that you are about to fall in love with the wine. An almost Atlantic-like freshness becomes even clearer on decanting. All in all, a fresh, floral, personal and velvety wine which may even bring to mind memories of a great Rhône wine.


What does this wine taste like?

Displaying a dense and dark purple colour, Quite delights us with a smoky nose embellished with aromas of scrubland, ash, blue flowers and deliciously ripe fruits of the forest. It is juicy and fresh in the mouth with a seductive mouthfeel and a degree of acidity which means it flows elegantly on the palate and has a promising future. A splendid blend of minerality and fruitiness, it offers the most pleasant and accessible side of the Mencia variety. Agile, elegant and easy to interpret, it is a wine ready to be admired and enjoyed from the very first moment. Elegant wooden notes from the eight months it spends ageing in wooden vats resonate with every sip alongside an elegantly bitter sensation.

mulberry red / Deeply-coloured
Smoky notes / Shrubland / Violets / Fruits of the forest / Toasty notes
Juicy / Fresh / Seductive / Good acidity / Elegant / Mineral / Pleasant

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Sausages and ham
Poultry and white meats
Red meat
Cured cheeses

Cooked sausages / Grilled meat / Rabbit lamb with fine herbs

Ratings and awards

202093+ PK
201992+ PK92 PN
201893 PK
201792 PK
201692+ PK90 PN
201592 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2020 Quite, an old-vine Mencía cuvée from vineyards in Valtuille de Abajo and Villadecanes, is lower in alcohol than the 2019 I tasted next to it (13.1%) and has a notably lower pH (3.25), which means more freshness. The differences are vintage related, as the vinification and élevage were similar—natural fermentation in stainless steel and malolactic and nine months aging in used 225-liter oak barriques and oak vats. 2020 was a more reductive year for reds, and this is a little more austere but with subdued floral character and notes of fresh meat and blood with an iron-like sensation (it comes from very red soils rich in iron!). This is more fluid and fresh than the 2019, with a vibrant finish that makes you salivate, more sophisticated and precise. 15,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 93+ PARKER

Customer reviews

8 reviews


On drinking, it is easy to appreciate that it has not undergone an excessive extraction process (just a week-long maceration). With an experienced background working at several of the great wineries (such as Clos Erasmus, Álvaro Palacios, Romanée-Conti, and Raúl Pérez), Verónica Ortega is a firm believer that subtlety is a key element behind all great wines. With this in mind, her wines are always aged in large pre-used wooden vats or clay jars, as is the case with Quite.

Vinification materialStainless steel / Amphoras / Wood
Ageing period8 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak


Vine age90 years
SoilClay sand / Pebbles / Slate
ClimateAtlantic with continental influence