Vina Mein Emilio Rojo, O Gran Mein Blanco 2019Regular price $54.00 Save $-54.00
Variety: Treixadura, Godello, Loureiro, Albariño, Torrontés, Lado, and Albillo
Ribeiro, the small appellation in Galicia is rooted with ancient winemaking history. The area is a hodgepodge of gardens, vines, and farms planted through the local river valley surrounded by mountains. Though vines have been planted here dating back to medieval times, Emilo Rojo began this winery with the intent to refocus the passion for indigenous local varieties. He worked with the uniqueness of the land by utilizing the varying hillside exposures and terracing the vines. Harvest is a laborious one as each vine is harvested one by one ensuring each vine receives the attention it deserves.
This is a field blend of several white varieties native to the northerly region of Ribeiro where it’s not only cooler, but close to the Atlantic coastline. The fruit is sourced from 12 plots with various terroirs and harvest dates. Aging takes place between steel, concrete, and a mix of barrel sizes.
Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez, Os Pasas 2018Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Variety: Treixadura, Albariño, Lado, Torrontés
Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez is a quiet soul, head down into his work since 1988 in the Ribeiro region of Galicia. Luis is a bit like his homeland of Ribeiro, flying under the radar. He doesn’t actually grow the region’s popular bulk wine varieties, but instead has decided to revive some of the region’s almost extinct varieties. To his advantage, Luis grew up in Galicia in the village of Arnoia; by deciding to center his vineyards there, he knew precisely where all the best plots of land were. Many of his 180 micro-plots were planted by Luis himself. He employs the lutte raisonée farming mentality, and uses minor amounts of sulphur in the cellar. His work is well respected across the Iberian Peninsula.
This is a wine named for Luis’ Uncle Martin, from who he took over his first vineyard. It's a blend of native white varieties from steep granite-based hillsides in the town of Arnoia. This is a fresh and vibrant white with minerality not unlike seashells. It ages in vats for 10-12 months, with about three months on the lees.
Envinate, Lousas Vinas de Aldea 2020Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Envínate (Wine Yourself) has turned into a unicorn winery, producing wines people talk and read about but never can find or buy. The gang of four friends behind these bottles met while studying enology in Alicante, Spain. After graduating, they formed a wine consulting business to find lost, old vineyards and indigenous grapes and start producing wines from these sites and grapes. The aim has been no chemicals, handwork, and indigenous yeast only. The end product has been incredible and the sommelier world has latched on. Now the wines are in high demand but very little is produced.
Viñas de Aldea means “village wine,” differentiating this wine from Envinate’s single vineyard bottlings. The bottle is also named for the slate soil “Lousa” prevalent in Ribeira Sacra. The wine is made with whole cluster fermentation and aged in French oak barrels for eleven months. This Mencia is fresh and elegant oozing with peppery notes.
Guimaro, Ribeira Sacra Camino Real Mencia 2017Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Variety: Mencía, Merenzao, Mouraton, Brancellao, Caiño Tinto, Sousón, and Alicante Bouschet
Pedro Rodriguez, the current generation at Guimaro is truly the rebel that the winery is named after. The almost vertical vineyards have forced him to become part winemaker, part mountain climber. Pedro took over the family estate known for making some of the best wine in the small town that was only sold and consumed at the local cantinas. Pedro has moved them into a new direction though, growing some of the best Mencia in the Ribera Sacra. He has converted the winery to much smaller crops, organic certification, and truly sustainable agriculture.