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2019 Guimaro - Ribeira Sacra - Camino Real

Regular price $28.00

In Stock: 10

The Ribeira Sacra in Galicia, northwest Spain, is a storied ancient wine region that fell into neglect and obscurity in the 20th century and came roaring back onto the serious wine scene a couple of decades ago. It is a spectacularly steep set of river valleys studded with tiny, terraced, slate-and-granite-rich parcels of old vines, most of which are planted with mencía, a beautifully terroir-expressive red variety. Pedro Rodríguez’s practicing-organic family winery Adegas Guímaro has become one of the reference-point producers in the Ribeira Sacra. 'Camiño Real' is 85% mencía plus half a dozen other local varieties from 40-60 year old vines growing in a typically vertiginous vineyard, with altitudes ascending from 350 to 500 meters. The wine ferments 100% whole-cluster in open-top oak vats with 40 days of maceration. It ages in used barrels of various sizes for about a year and is bottled unfiltered and unfined. The fruit suggests cherry and kirsch, along with floral, black pepper, and granite-y mineral notes. There’s vibrant acidity with moderate tannin. Pairing ideas include pork, including porco alentejana (Portuguese pork and clam stew), steak au poivre, and portobello mushroom steak.
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