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Lousas 'Viña de Aldea' Ribera Sacra Tinto by Envinate 2018

Lousas 'Viña de Aldea' Ribera Sacra Tinto

by Envinate 2018

Producer : Envinate

Region : Ribeira Sacra (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750ml

Food Pairing : Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Salad

Tasting Notes

"The regional red from Ribeira Sacra 2018 Lousas Viñas de Aldea sets the tone for the portfolio in a cool and rainy vintage that has resulted in very fresh wines with great purity and definition. This mixes origins (Amandi, Bibei and Ribeiras del Sil), soils (but mostly gneiss, slate and granite), altitudes (400 to 600 meters) and exposures. It also mixes grape varieties—it's mostly Mencía with some 20% other grapes, including Merenzao, Brancellao, Caíño, Sousón, Mouratón, Alicante, Godello and Palomino, etc.—and comes from vines ranging between 15 and 60 years of age to represent the region and vintage. For Envínate, this 2018 is in line with previous cooler years like 2014 and 2016, but with lots of rain in June and July that resulted in mildew and especially black rot, which reduced yields by about 30%, and in some places whole parcels were lost. September was much drier, and they were able to harvest slowly and with the precision needed for each plot. The different plots fermented in concrete or open plastic bins with 70% to 100% full clusters. Thirty percent of the volume matured in concrete and the rest in used barriques with the lees and without racking for 11 months. They only used a little sulfur at bottling time. The backbone comes from Ribeiras del Sil, a zone that delivers vertical wines and adds freshness. It's perfumed with notes of violets, expressive and open, with lots of fruit, a spicy twist and the complexity of mixing different origins and soils. The palate is pungent and more powerful than it seems, with very fine minerality. Incredible for the price."

94+ Points - Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, May 2020

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750ml
Producer Envinate
Region Ribeira Sacra (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 13%
Style Medium & floral
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Mencia Blend
Food Pairing Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Salad
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.94
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