This Mencia based wine is from a nearly unheard of appellation called Ribeira Sacra. It's on the easternmost side of Galicia, and is extremely rugged and mountainous (and exceptionally beautiful). Dominio do Bibei is arguably the top winery in the region, and this wine comes from estate vines ranging in age from 15 to over 100 years old! It's filled with black fruit and mineral notes, with a softness not often seen in Mencia. The tannins are extremely fine-grained and the wine is silky on the palate.
|Format:||12 x 750ml|
|Varietal(s):||Mencia, Grenache, Mouraton|
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The red (as there used to be a white, too) 2014 Viñas de Gaín has been updated with many of the (Tempranillo) grapes that were previously destined to the Pagos Viejos. Part of the grapes fermented in oak vats, part in stainless steel, and matured for one year in second use French oak barrels. There is more depth and more nuance here, following the modern, clean and focused house profile, with some spice but quite transparent. The palate is quite harmonious, with good weight, but still very drinkable, with round tannins and good overall balance. Good value and very "Rioja." This wine, as all of the 2014s, will be sold without the Rioja appellation. Some 115,000 bottles were produced.
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