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Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2006

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12.5% ABV
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12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

85% Mencía, 7% Garnacha, 6% Brancellao and 2% Mouraton.

2006 was an exceptionally hot and dry year that resulted in wines with fluidity, fruit and warmth.

Rich, wild fruit mingling with mountain herbs and stoney components. Dense and rich with mineral and herbal notes on the palate.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Lalama, the product of an unusually hot and dry year, is 85% Mencia, 7% Garnacha, and the balance Brancellao and Mouraton fermented in 500-liter barrels and aged on the lees for 21 months. It offers up smoke, lavender, mineral, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a round, complex, smooth, and elegant wine with splendid balance and a lengthy, pure finish.
W&S 91
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2006 Ribeira Sacra Lalama This Mencía's exotic purple fruit gains richness from new oak. It's dark and savory, with persimmon, pomegranate and a tropical note verging on pineapple; all the fruit keeps it supple, while the edges of tannin lend refinement. Decant it for roast duck.
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Dominio do Bibei

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Dominio do Bibei, Spain
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Dominio do Bibei is located in the Quiroga-Bibei sub zone of the Ribeira Sacra D.O. Like all Ribeira Sacra sub zones, this area is one of spectacular mountain ranges and following rivers, but it is drier and harsher than the others. Javier Dominguez is the brainchild of this crazy adventure to recapture a once grand vineyard.

Javier's vision of austerity and respect for the history of the land is reflected in the winery and its simple design. Gravity rules. There are no stainless steel tanks; wood or cement are the vehicles of choice and they come in all the different sizes. The idea is to return to the past to rediscover what was once here. The wine maker Laura Lorenzo has similar ideas. She follows many of the ideas of biodynamic viticulture to obtain the purest expression of this terruño.Planted on these terraces are old vines of Mencía, Garnacha, Brancellao and Mouraton. New plots are being planted using cuttings from these old vines so as to maintain clonal diversity in the vineyard. In addition to the red varietals, there are plantings of white grape varieties such as Doña Blanca, Godello and Albariño (the cuttings of this last grape being from Do Ferreiro). The sites vary greatly because of the orientation of the plots and the soil types. Because this is a transition zone which touches Valdeorras, you have soils of slate, granite and clay interspersed among the hillsides.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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