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2010 Lacima, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra, Galicia

2010 Lacima, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra, Galicia

Red | Drink now | Dominio do Bibei | Code: 21481 | 2010 | Spain > Galicia > Ribeira Sacra | Mencia | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Dominio do Bibei

Dominio do Bibei

Ribeira Sacra is one of the most exciting regions to emerge from Spain in recent years. Situated in the North-Eastern corner in Galicia, the area is remote, the landscape arid and mountainous. Domino do Bibei's winemaker, Javier Domínguez, is producing modern wines with beautiful definition and verve, using traditional grape varieties such as Mencia, Garnacha and Muraton for the reds and Godello, Albariño and Dona Blanca in his whites.

The vineyards are steeply terraced at high altitude, up to 670 metres. There is little top soil with the old vines working hard to survive amongst the rocky terrain of slate/schist. These are thoughtful wines which not only please but also challenge the senses through their extraordinary purity and detail. No stainless steel is used, fermentation and storage is in wood and cement. Grapes are hand harvested and are fed via a gravity system.

The Grape

Mencia

Mencia

Mencía is the primary grape of the Bierzo region and its undisputed star, covering nearly two-thirds of the vineyards. This red grape variety is grown almost exclusively in north-western part of Spain (especially in the DOs of Galicia, Valdeorras, Monterrei, and Ribeira Sacra). Mencía ripens early, by mid-September, and is well suited to the maritime climate of Bierzo where autumn rains are quite common.

Mencía has only recently come into spotlight as a quality, potential-laden grape variety. When properly made, it offers fascinating wines across a contrasting spectrum of styles; on the one end are fruity and forward wines with supple tannins and succulent fruit. On the other end are more concentrated, powerful styles with an exotic earthiness, smooth tannins and an enviable reflection of the minerally-rich Bierzo terroir.

Mencía is capable of making excellent wine on its own, with no need to sacrifice its unique character in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot that are commonplace elsewhere in Spain.

The Region

Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira Sacra is one of the most exciting wine regions to emerge from Spain in recent years. Situated in the North Eastern corner in Galicia, the area is remote, the landscape arid and mountainous. Winemaker Javier Dominguez is producing modern wines with beautiful definition and verve, using traditional grape varieties such as Mencia, Garnacha and Muraton for the reds and Godello, Albarino and Dona Blanca in his whites. The vineyards are steeply terraced at high altitude, up to 670 meters.

There is little top soil with the old vines working hard to survive amongst the rocky terrain of slate/schist. These are thoughtful wines which not only please but also challenge the senses through their extraordinary purity and detail. No stainless steel is used, fermentation and storage is in wood and cement. Grapes are hand harvested and are fed via a gravity system.

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