Ribeira Sacra, Guímaro
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Ribeira Sacra, Guímaro - 2022

Item # 21787 750mL

The slopes of Ribeira Sacra are remarkably steep, reminiscent of the slopes that ascend from the Mosel in Germany. This steepness lends beautiful acidity and freshness to the Mencía grown there. This wine is rompy with pure berry fruit notes and delicious peppery flavors.

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Sometimes the most treacherous vineyards yield the most delightful results. Luckily for us Pedro Rodríguez of Guímaro is up to the challenge. The Ribeira Sacra’s most prime subzone is Amandi, with steep, south facing vineyards planted on slate, similar to the vineyards of the Mosel in Germany. This Mencía comes from multiple plots of the Rodríguez family's holdings. The wine does not see any oak, which allows the dark fruit to shine. It is a versatile wine & can be paired with chorizo, roast pork, or pimentón based dishes. As the weather warms, experiment by putting a light chill on this & serving it with spicy tapas.

- BLR

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Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Ribeira Sacra

Though this DO was only created in 1996, wine has been produced along the “sacred banks” of the Sil River in Galicia ever since the Romans came to town, bringing with them the knowledge that terraces make the best vineyards. The river exerts its cooling influence on the vines (mostly Mencía), which cling to their spots on terraced vineyards cut steeply up the riverbanks. Vines must struggle for nutrients here, and this gives concentration to the fruit. The red wines of Ribeira Sacra are...

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