2018 Lomba dos Ares Field Blend
Producer: Fedellos do Couto
Region: Ribeira Sacra, Spain
Grape: Field Blend
the winner's red ribbon / satisfying pop of the jam jar / crispy station
From Indigo Wine:
"The winemaking at Fedellos is minimalist: native co-fermentations, long,
gentle macerations in tank or small fermentation bins with aging in a variety
of neutral French oak barrels, mainly 500L demi-muids. Three wines are
currently produced: Bastarda, Cortezada and Lomba dos Ares with plans to
make a field blend of white varieties based primarily on Godello and Doña
Blanca as well as a Caiño Tinto-based red.
Lomba dos Ares, literally the hilltop of Ares, is a vineyard in the Val do
Bibei at an elevation between 700 and 750 meters above sea level and
quite near the border with Valdeorras. Here the soils changes gradually
as you descend from the rocky granite soil at the top of the slope, to
sandy schist at the bottom. Being an old vineyard, it has a patchwork
of different varieties, mainly Mencia, Merenzao, Caiño, and Mouratón
– all of which are included in the final blend. Only available in modest
quantities, the Lomba dos Ares is worth seeking out as it quite deftly
manages to capture the finesse of Ribeira Sacra with a profound depth of
minerality and richness that seem almost contradictory."
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