Adega Pena das Donas Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencia 2008
Other Red Blends from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Wine & Spirits - "2008 Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencía There's something comforting about this wine, as if entering the eye of a coastal storm where power and intensity surround you in a calm, almost perfect equilibrium. It's not an easy wine to describe, though it generated more descriptors than most-mountain berries, wild strawberries, mountain flowers, acacia, honeycomb, fennel seed, freshly turned earth. And chorizo. Personally, I didn't want to leave this glass once I tasted it. The wine has a life of its own and seems to welcome you in. "
Adega Pena das Donas Winery
The project Pena das Donas, S.L. was established in 2005 by two partners, both in love with wine tradition in the area, who share a vision of innovations both in viticulture and winemaking to bringing a new, distinct personality to the wines of Adega Pena das Donas. Jesús Vázquez Rodríguez (viticulture and winemaking) has been linked for many generations to these vineyards; Antonio Lombardía Crespo (Agricultural Engineer, and general management) has worked for long time as viticultural consultant for some entities and wineries in the area. Starting in the vineyards, Pena das Donas differentiates from other in the DO by dramatically reducing the yields compared to the rest of the viticultors of the area. The winery is recently constructed, and focuses production on their own 5 Has of vineyards, and the vineyards under their management and control to complete the production. All the vineyards are located in the slopes of Sil riverside, planted in very dramatic terraces.
The place Pena das Donas appears in old legends, still known by the inhabitants of the area. It is a small hill on the riverside of the Sil that sits in front of what was a Benedictine Monastery. In these legends, it is said that in the past there was a tunnel between the hill and the Monastery through which the monks could communicate with the outside world. Some more elicit versions point also that through that passageway women (nuns) were introduced in the Monastery. View all Adega Pena das Donas Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.