Adega Algueira Mencia Ribeira Sacra 2019

90 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous – "Deep red. Spice-accented red berries and cherry on the nose, along with a subtle floral nuance that builds with air. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that fan out through the back half. Finishes silky and long, with lingering spiciness and discreet tannins that add gentle grip."

This delicious red from the northwest of Spain is made from 100% estate grown, biodynamically farmed Mencia grapes in the Armandi subzone of Ribeira Sacra. This region has a history of winemaking that dates back to Roman times, and today has seen an incredible resurgence. It has some of the most dramatic vineyards in the world, with steep rocky terraces that can be up 75 degrees of slope in some places.

Father-son team of Fernando and Fabio Algueira naturally farm these plots, crafting a range of wines from local grapes such as Mencia, Brancellao, Merenzao (Trousseau), Souson and Caiño. The Mencia Ribeira Sacra on offer today is a fantastic value. It comes from estate owned vineyards on pure schist with very steep inclines. Most of the vineyards are terraced, with vine ages that range from 30 years up to over 80!

It has a medium deep ruby/purple hue, with aromas of cherry, earth, mid-weight on the palate with dried red fruits, a mineral texture, softish warm mid palate, and moderate tannins. This leans old world in style more than modern, but is not rustic at all. I just love its compelling, delicious, slightly tart, charred cherry fruit notes. Pure and fine, with great detail for such a modestly priced wine. Put a very slight chill on it before bringing it outside to enjoy! Perfect for summer grilling, this will be great with chicken, BBQ, pork, or burgers. In Stock now – Cheers! Chris


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Country: Spain

Region: Ribeira Sacra

Variety: Mencia

Terrior: South facing; Steep slopes; Schist (Losa) soils

Farming: Practicing Organic; Terraced vineyards; 30-80+ year old vines; Entired worked by hand

Winemaking: Natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks with no oak aging

"One of the region’s superstars is Adega Algueira which is run by the super passionate father-son team of Fernando and Fabio Algueira. The vineyards are located in the Armandi Subzone of the appellation, generally considered the best and most consistent for growing the region’s indigenous varietals. At the top of the banks, amongst chestnut and oak trees, lies the winery built in the Romanesque style to mimic the monasteries crafted by monks in this area back in the 12th Century. Of course the monks brought with them the need for wine and so they began planting vines along the banks of the Sil. Even before the middle ages, there are stories of Ribeira Sacra wine being shipped to ancient Roman Emperors.

Algueira focuses on local grape varieties – for red grapes this includes: Mencia, Brancellao, Merenzao (Trousseau), Souson and Caiño – and for whites: Godello, Loureiro, Treixadura and Albariño. All the fruit used in their wines is estate grown with the utmost care using biodynamic methods (though not “officially” certified). Given the extreme steepness of the slopes, all the vineyard work and harvest are done, painstakingly, by hand.

Algueira’s Ribeira Sacras are all special wines, not to mention incredible values given the work involved to produce them. They deserve a place in the pantheon of unique and soulful wines from one of the great and largely undiscovered terroirs in the wine world." -Polaner Selections


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