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Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil Mencia 2016

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Winemaker Notes

A wine that is always fresh and expressive, its selected grapes come from estate vineyards in Santa Cruz, Las Ermitas, and Larouco. Vineyards are on soils of red clay and metamorphic slates with larger rocks.

Blend: 70% Mencía, 30% Merenzao

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I was very pleasantly surprised by the expressive nose of the 2016 Gaba do Xil Mencía; it was very open, floral and perfumed, refined and elegant, expressing the freshness of the 2016 vintage. It has that spicy and herbal twist not that far from some Gamays or Cabernet Francs, with the Galician signature of forest floor, bay leaf and nettle, and with very good complexity. This is quite refined, tasty and long. 33,876 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2018 completely unoaked. This might be the finest vintage to date of this bottling.
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Ladeiras do Xil, Spain
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It is an understatement to say that Galicia is one of the most compelling and complex cultural regions for wine and gastronomy, not only in Spain but in the world. With its remote location and rugged, natural beauty, Northwest Spain is just beginning to be understood by the pioneers who work there daily. The vineyards of Ladeiras do Xil lie in the eastern part of this region near the village of Santa Cruz and monastery of Las Ermitas. Here the Bibei River forms a dramatic valley that marks the natural border between Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra. Ladeiras do Xil takes its name from the hillsides of the Sil River, which is the lifeblood of the region. The pioneering duo of Pablo Eguzkiza and Telmo Rodríguez started working here in 2002. Recognizing the potential to make world-class wines in this incredibly important valley, they began a project that would take decades to come to fruition

Since 2014, the project has been led in the vineyard by the young vigneron Jorge Saa. He and his team have been quietly working, restoring the centuries-old terraces and replanting indigenous varieties as they were in the past. In one of the most natural polyculture settings possible, only the traditional bush-trained vines are used. Viticulture is strictly EU organic, and indigenous yeasts begin a spontaneous fermentation once the grapes are hand-harvested. Minimal intervention in the winery is evident in the haunting elegance of the wines. Gaba do Xil serves as the village-level Valdeorras introduction to the gran cru single vineyard wines of Ladeiras do Xil. Experienced clients may remember the Gaba do Xil wines from many years ago, which Telmo sourced from vineyards throughout Valdeorras to gain an understanding of the complexity of the region. Utilizing that experience, they purchased the new Gaba do Xil vineyards near the village of Larouco, 5 kilometers from the Bibei River. The new Gaba do Xil is now entirely a field blend from organic estate-fruit, utilizing indigenous yeast for fermentation.

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Just to the south of Bierzo, the steeply terraced Valdeorras region is a respected source of both red and white wines. Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) and Mencía are the principal red varieties while Godello and Palomino compose the majority of this region's whites.

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Primarily found in the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras regions of Spain and in the Dão of Portugal (where it is called Jaen), Mencia is an early ripening, low acid grape that can produce wines of great concentration, complexity and ageability. And yet Mencia once suffered from a poor reputation and deemed capable of producing simple and light red wines. Post-phylloxera growers would grow this variety on low, fertile plains, which produced high yields and uncomplicated finished wines. Somm Secret—The recent rediscovery of the ancient, abandoned vines planted on rugged hillsides of deep schist has unveiled the potential of Mencia and added discredit to its old reputation.

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