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Adega Pena das Donas Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencia 2009

Other Red Blends from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    Dark berry and spicy red aromas with notes of mountain berries, wild strawberries, mountain flowers, acacia, honeycomb, fennel seed, and freshly turned earth. Made with 100% Mencia.

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    Adega Pena das Donas

    Adega Pena das Donas

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    Adega Pena das Donas, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    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.

    Ribera del Duero

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    Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

    Notable Facts Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, the spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    IBAEC4316_2009 Item# 129201