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2011 Lacima, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra

2011 Lacima, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra

Red | Drink now | Dominio do Bibei | Code:  28396 | 2011 | Spain > Galicia > Ribeira Sacra | Tempranillo/Tinto Fino | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

92/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2011 Lalama is a blend of local reds (mostly Menca, but also Brancellao, Mouratn 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.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/04/2016

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

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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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