Fedellos Do Couto Lomba dos Ares 2018 750ml

Fedellos Do Couto Lomba dos Ares 2018

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Lomba dos Ares is Curro & Jesus' village wine from their oldest and steepest vineyards on the west bank of the Bibei - the river that separates Ribeira Sacra from Valdeorras. Averaging about 70 years old, these sites offer a patchwork of indigenous varieties, with Mencia comprising the largest share and varying amounts of Bastardo, Caiño Tinto, Negreda, Garnacha Tintorera, Aramón, etc. Lomba dos Ares in a natural yeast co-fermentation of these varieties aged in neutral 300-500L French oak barrels.
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Like the white Conasbrancas, the red 2018 Lomba dos Ares is a village wine produced with grapes from different parishes of Manzaneda (Soutipedre, Seoane and Langullo), where the old vineyards are all planted with a mix of grapes-Mencía, Grao Negro, Negreda, Garnacha Tintorera, Bastardo, Aramón... So, this is a village field blend that fermented at low temperature (below 20 degrees Celsius) with full clusters and indigenous yeasts, with a total maceration time of around 60 days. It matured in used 300- and 500-liter French oak barrels and a 3,200-liter oak vat for 10 months. I see a lot of finesse here, with notes of blood oranges, flowers and red berries, and it's very focused, aromatic and expressive, less reductive than previous years. There's more precision here; the palate is focused, clean and very tasty, with very fine tannins and a citrus, effervescent finish. 7,000 bottles were filled in December 2019.

May 14, 2020

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