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Fedellos do Couto "Lomba dos Ares" Ribeira Sacra '15

Ribeira Sacra

Fedellos do Couto "Lomba dos Ares" Ribeira Sacra '15

Ribeira Sacra is an absolutely breathtaking region, where one wonders with utter amazement how the Romans initially farmed these rugged slopes, and how the Spanish continue to do so today. This region is full of steep hillsides planted to a variety of agriculture, most importantly vines of native grapes to the area.

On top of its unique disposition, a curious mixture of climatic features present itself in Ribeira Sacra. The region straddles between its close proximity to the cool coast of the Atlantic, and the warm, dry inlands in Spain, giving this region a temperate climate with a long growing season. Such extreme microclimates enables a variety of grapes to thrive here, acclimated to either both warm or cool climates.

Owner of Fedellos do Couto, the Taboada family, have history in Ribeira Sacra that dates to the 12th century, where they have been farming on the very same decomposed granite and schist soils in the southeastern portion of the region. Luis Taboada, recognizing the value of his ancient, north- and east-facing vineyards, teamed up with viticulturalist Pablo Soldavini, a proponent of organic farming, and winemakers Curro Bareño and Jesús Olivares to create Fedellos do Couto in 2011.

With many locals having migrated to more urban landscapes, so many like Fedellos started to look to those long abandoned, unheralded and under-appreciated sites. Together they have conquered areas once deemed impossible to grow and produce healthy grapes on.

Winemaking here takes a minimalist approach, allowing the distinctive terroir to envelop each bottling, with manual labor practically a requirement. "Lomba dos Ares," the hilltop of Ares, is a steep vineyard in the Bibei Valley. It sits at 700-750 meters above sea level and is the highest elevation vineyard on the property, including being the steepest and oldest site as well. Mencia, Merenzao (Trousseau), Caiño, Mouratón (Garnacha Tintorera) are planted here, with no single variety dominating the blend.

After harvest, it is produced in a natural yeast, whole cluster co-fermentation, and then aged for 10 months in neutral 300-500L French oak barrels. This is as profound and site-specific as you can find in Ribeira Sacra. The wine captures an Atlantic freshness and a certain minerality that make these wines unmistakably Galician. It is full of perfumed, fairly complex aromas, with great finesse and richness on the palate all at the same time. Perfect with a roasted chicken, roasted root vegetables or even rich seafood (think bouillabaise, swordfish, tuna).

Perman

Spain

Details

Producer Fedellos do Couto
Vintage 2015
Format 750ml

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

3 / 5

Body

3 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

3 / 5

Funky

2 / 5

In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

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1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.255.8990
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