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Algueira Carravel Ribeira Sacra 13

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 Located in the green, cool Northwest of Spain, just above the Northeast corner of Portugal, Ribeira Sacra lies along the banks of the river Sil, and in the case of this wine, the vineyard is so steep that a ladder is necessary to go from terrace to terra read more

 Located in the green, cool Northwest of Spain, just above the Northeast corner of Portugal, Ribeira Sacra lies along the banks of the river Sil, and in the case of this wine, the vineyard is so steep that a ladder is necessary to go from terrace to terrace. The vineyards first planted by the Romans had been almost completely abandoned after the combined pummeling of phyloxera, the great depression, the civil war and dictatorship. Ribeira Sacra uses indigenous grapes that have only recently been gaining international attention, Mencia being the grape used in this masterpiece. In this region, with these old vines, it produces a wine of Burgundian complexity and elegance, but with bit more body. Biodynamic farming, heroic hand harvesting, foot treading, native yeast fermentation, significant use of whole clusters, long, neutral oak aging--what’s not to love?

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