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Envinate Lousas Tinto Ribeira Sacra 2020

Envinate Lousas Tinto Ribeira Sacra 2020
Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
3 In Stock
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$46.00
 
SKU: 533663A
ENVINATE LOUSAS VIÑAS DE ALDEA TINTO RIBEIRA SACRA 2020

Envínate literally translates to “wine yourself!” and after knowing that, it is automatically difficult not to adore the wines. The project involves four friends who met at winemaking school in Spain, and while they don't own vineyards themselves, they seek out distinctive parcels throughout Spain and strive to create pure, fully hand- (and foot-) made, site-authentic wines. For the last decade, they’ve been revered in wine-nerd circles as The Hot Sh!t coming out of Spain. But to understand what’s especially special about Envínate’s Lousas bottling, you have to understand Ribeira Sacra.

Ribeira Sacra, within northwestern Spain’s Galicia region, is named for the “holy rivers” that cut through the impossibly steep (up to 85 degrees!!) hillsides of granite and slate. Vineyards here were first planted on terraces by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans, then the Benedictines and Cistercians who built churches and monasteries throughout the region as it was considered holy ground and noted to be the last resting place of Saint James, Santiago de Compostela (the culmination of the world-famous Camino de Santiago). For a while, wines from Ribeira Sacra were heralded and sought out by all those who came through the region. Fast-forward through the devastations of civil war and phylloxera, plus an exodus of serious winemakers due to the area’s… er… inconvenient topography, and by the 1980s only a few hundred hectares were still cultivated here.

Still—while often in disrepair, many of the terraces and old vines remain, and this is where Envínate comes in. The group is working to restore and make wine here, gathering up fruit from a variety of tiny sites in the Ribeira do Sil and Amandi sub-regions. All the fruit in this cuvée is from vines a minimum of 60 years old. This is mainly Mencia combined with a smattering of other co-planted varieties, hand-harvested, fermented whole cluster with wild yeasts in open top plastic tubs, then raised in used French oak for 11 months with no racking. A touch of SO2 is added only at bottling, and the finished wine sees no fining or filtration.

Fruit notes: pomegranate juice, underripe red cherry, blood orange
Non-fruit notes: grape stems, smoke, cumin
Structure: dry, medium body, medium plus acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol
Pairing suggestions: mussels with chorizo; harissa-roasted eggplant; extreme landscaping
Wine Specs
Vintage
2020