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Cume do Avia "Dos Canotos" Ribiero Tinto 2017

90+ Our Score
(5/2019) From Ribeiro's new natural winemakers at Cume do Avia, the medium-bodied Dos Canotos strikes a fine balance between the inky Souson that comprises the majority of the blend and the brightness and backbone of the remaining Caino Longo and Brancellao. Farmed organically and biodynamically and then aged in century-old chestnut vats, the aromas and flavors of fresh violets stirred into wild red and blackberries and dried herbs emulate something like the ripeness of Gamay crossed with the black-fruited earthiness of Northern Rhone Syrah. Though its refreshing acidity and bright fruit make it delicious out of the gates, its healthy structure and deep-rooted layers would benefit from a brief decanting, and even a year in the cellar.
$
3599
Discount:
750 ML
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~12 bottlesCheck all Stores

Luis Rodriguez "A Torna Dos Pasas" Ribiero Tinto 2012

91+ John Gilman
(2/2016) "As I mentioned last year in the note on the fine 2011, the A Torna dos Pasás from Luis Rodríguez is comprised of a blend of traditional Galician red grapes, with the cépages consisting of forty percent Brancellao, and twenty percent each of Caiño Redondo, Caiño Longo and Ferrol (not that I am familiar with any of these grapes!), which were once the predominant grapes in Ribeiro it its salad days of yore. The vines grown on steep, southfacing granite sites and the wine is aged in old, three hundred liter barrels. The 2012 A Torna dos Pasas is just a touch lower in octane than the previous vintage (12 versus 12.5 percent) and a fine follow-up to the lovely 2011, offering up a more black fruity and very complex nose of dark berries, charred wood, coffee grounds, a touch of tree bark, slate soil tones, lovely botanicals and a touch of graphite in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and surprisingly plush at the core for its octane level, with lovely focus and grip, excellent intensity of flavor, modest tannins, sound acids and very good length and grip on the complex finish. This has a lot Ribiera Sacra-like aromas and flavors this year, coupled with the more fleshy (and slightly less transparent) style of Ribeiro. This is really a superb bottle of wine and is drinking very well right out of the blocks. 2016-2035+."
$
2899
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
Out of stock

Cume do Avia "Colheita 5" Ribiero Tinto 2017

90 Our Score
(5/2019) The brothers behind Cume do Avia have a story to match the rugged landscape of their vineyards in Ribeiro. After inheriting an abandoned farm from their grandparents, they set upon planting long-forgotten indigenous varietals and farming them organically and biodynamically. They took out loans to purchase equipment and after several years of learning and experimentation, 2017 is the first true vintage. Comprised of 40% Caino Longo, 26% Brancellao and 34% Souson, Colleita 5's rawness is balanced by its elegance. Aged in hundred-year-old chestnut barrels, this light-bodied 11%er greets you with flowery notes of wild strawberry, cranberry and green herbs. A quintessential refreshment at cellar temperature.
$
2899
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~12 bottlesCheck all Stores
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