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Guimaro, Ribeira Sacra Tinto Mencia, 2019

Red Wine from Galicia, Spain
$19.99

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A fairly serious Mencia from a traditionalist producer, who brought back many of the techniques and styles used by his forefathers: reducing yields, eliminating chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, as well as employing native yeasts for fermentation, foot treading and stem inclusion. A wild, brambly and slightly herbaceous Mencia with pleasantly grippy tannins and fresh acidity.

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“Guimaro”, a Gallego word for rebel, could not be a more apt name for this great winery in the Amandi zone of the Ribeira Sacra. Twice before Guimaro rebelled against regional norms and are now releasing the fruits of their third rebellion.

The first rebellion was back in 1991, when Pedro Rodriguez transformed his parent's humble farm into a small estate producing D.O. wines available internationally. He was one of the true pioneers that pulled Ribeira Sacra out of its backwoods status.

The second rebellion occurred when Pedro met the great Raul Perez of Bierzo. Perez encouraged Pedro to work with old vines of indigenous varieties — especially Mencia — low yields and organic farming. Pedro starting making world-class wines sought out the world over. He became the star of the village of Amandi, and one of the crown jewels in José Pastor's amazing import portfolio of Spanish wines.

But recently Pedro has had some concerns as well as some new inspirations. As the climate continues to grow warmer he became concerned about his Mencia becoming over-ripe in his vineyards situated on Amandi’s incredibly steep, sun-facing vineyards. Like Pinot Noir and other delicate grapes, too much heat can lead to Mencia losing its focus, thus developing overripe flavors. The inspiration came from French wine, particularly the traditional method of making Cru Beaujolais using wooden casks with whole clusters.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Mencia

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Herbaceous , Juicy , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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