Ribeira Sacra Guímaro 2007

Member Review by StevenBabb:

I can't say enough about this wine.... well, almost any Spanish wine for that matter. The beauty of Ribeira Sacra is that it's terroir shifts the Mencia varietal towards a Burgundy or a red from the Loire. The further east you go, the grape leans more to a Bordeaux, or California Cab. Steep, stony slopes, canyons and rivers make up these "Sacred Banks", (or Ribeira Sacra for my Spanish speakers). This part os Spain was untouched by phylloxera, made it through the Spanish Civil War, and is rooted very deep in tradition. I feel that all of this really comes through in the wine. (I'm a sucker for a good background story) In fact, many of it's terraces and bridges were constructed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago! Initially thought to be a relative of Cabernet Franc, the Mencia is a juicy red and a great accompaniment to meaty dishes. A light, silky palate with a nice balance of raspberries, tart red cherry, a little white pepper, and great mineral structure. Spanish wine can be great to share amongst friends, and can really make you look like a seasoned wine pro at dinner party's! SALUT!

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Region: Spain » Galicia » Ribeira Sacra

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Snooth User: StevenBabb
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4.00 5
11/10/2009

I can't say enough about this wine.... well, almost any Spanish wine for that matter. The beauty of Ribeira Sacra is that it's terroir shifts the Mencia varietal towards a Burgundy or a red from the Loire. The further east you go, the grape leans more to a Bordeaux, or California Cab. Steep, stony slopes, canyons and rivers make up these "Sacred Banks", (or Ribeira Sacra for my Spanish speakers). This part os Spain was untouched by phylloxera, made it through the Spanish Civil War, and is rooted very deep in tradition. I feel that all of this really comes through in the wine. (I'm a sucker for a good background story) In fact, many of it's terraces and bridges were constructed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago! Initially thought to be a relative of Cabernet Franc, the Mencia is a juicy red and a great accompaniment to meaty dishes. A light, silky palate with a nice balance of raspberries, tart red cherry, a little white pepper, and great mineral structure. Spanish wine can be great to share amongst friends, and can really make you look like a seasoned wine pro at dinner party's! SALUT!


Snooth User: Rebecca Chapa
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4.00 5
11/12/2010

Dense purple violet spicy grapey nose vibrant with an almost perfumed violet note. Moderate plus to high acidity, moderate to low alcohol, medium body and tannins, intense on the palate with flavors of berry, tangy mulberry, spice, tobacco and a zesty note of rose hips. Tasty!


Snooth User: Juanfifi
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3.00 5
09/13/2009

Three glasses


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
06/20/2009

The slopes of Ribeira Sacra are remarkably steep, reminiscent of the slopes that ascend from the Mosel in Germany. This steepness lends beautiful acidity and freshness to the Mencía grown there. This wine is rompy with pure berry fruit notes and delicious peppery flavors.




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