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Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2011

Mencia from Spain
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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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

Blend: 90% Mencia, 10% Brancellao, Mouraton, Souson, and Garnacha

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WE 92
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Pure, clean, polished aromas of cherry, plum and berry are fit and fruity. This has a lot of life and spunky tannins, while flavors of raspberry, plum and wild herbs finish with a hint of brine and easy length. This is a fine Mencía made in a crowd-pleasing style. Drink through 2020.
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The 2011 Lalama is a blend of local reds (mostly Mencía, but also Brancellao, Mouratón and Garnacha Tintorera) that was fermented in a combination of 500-liter open barrels and foudres with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in contact with the lees for 13 months in well-seasoned French oak barrels and a further seven months in 4,500-liter oak vats. It has a wild, slightly rustic perfume, that for me represents the slopes of the Bibei river with some aromas of sour cherries, earth and a leafy hint. The palate shows a creamy texture, it's medium-bodied and it feels young and lively, so there is no rush to drink it. It represents a fantastic introduction to the reds of the Bibei zone of Ribeira Sacra and it's a favorite in restaurants because of its very good price to quality ratio: I order it whenever I see it. Besides that, they release their wines considerably later than most wineries in the zone; in this case, after a long aging in oak it still rested for 16 months in bottle before it was sold, which means the wines have had time to settle down in bottle and polish some of the possible edges they might have shown in their youth.
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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.

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Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.

Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.

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