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Wine from Ribeiro

Ribeiro has a long history of wine production and is a region in Spain that is located in the northeast province of Galicia. Situated in the Miño, Arnoia, Avia and Barbantiño River Valleys Ribeiro includes 9 municipalities.

According to historians, the first vineyards were most probably planted by ancient Romans. Ribeiro was known for its sweet wines from the middle ages up until the 18th century. Sweet wines in the Ribeiro region were produced long before the Canary Islands and Andalusia.

Grapes dried in the sun were made into sweet wine. These were called Ribadavia. It was during the 17th and 18th centuries that vast quantities of sweet wine were exported throughout England and the rest of Europe.

The vineyards are always planted between 75 and 400 meters above sea level on the valleys and slopes.

Terraces are used on the slopes, which can be very steep. The soils are for the most part granitic with gravel and stones. This improves the structure of the soil and also reflects sunlight. The texture of the soil is sandy with a tendency to acidify. This is corrected by growers.  

Ribeiro has an oceanic and Mediterranean climate, so it is humid and temperate, with average annual temperatures of 58 °

 

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Emilio Rojo Ribeiro Blanc 2018

Emilio Rojo Ribeiro Blanc is made from 80% Trajadura, 20% others.

Emilio Rojo is produced on the hillside facing the morning sun of the Avia Valley. The vineyard has been tirelessly worked for over 30 years and through these efforts it shaped an iconic landscape that is defined by its perfect terraces and artisanal viticulture.

Emilio Rojo has been designed to transcend time. A wine made in communion with Nature and attached to the roots of the vines that faithfully express the character of the place. Emilio Rojo is the perfect fusion of the man and the vineyard.

Emilio Rojo is a blend of different local varieties (treixadura, lado, godello, caíño blanco, albariño and torrontés) that resulted in a delicate, but tense and lively wine. A complex nose that opens with time, marked by round, citrus fruit notes and floral nuances. An energetic and elegant feel with great depth that leads to a long, full finish. An honest representation of this unique plot.


Review:

"Shimmering yellow. A wild, highly complex bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, succulent herbs, fennel and chamomile, and a smoky mineral element adds urgency and lift. Stains the palate with concentrated Meyer lemon, pear and peach nectar, honey and floral flavors that are supported by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Deftly combines depth and energy and finishes extremely long and minerally, with resonating orchard fruit and floral notes. - Josh RAYNOLDS"

 - Vinous (June 2021), 95 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 95
Vilerma Blanco Ribeiro 2019

 Vilerma Blanco Ribeiro is made from 80% Treixadura, 6% Torrontes, 4% Godello, 4% Albariño, 3% Loureira and 3% Lado

Ribeiro blanco is produced from estate-grown grapes using traditional winemaking.

Pale yellow color with green highlights.
Intense white fruit aromas when young, it develops complex nuances after a few years in the bottle.
In the mouth it is ample, full and pleasant with a long and fruity finish.

Fermentation in Stainless Steel tank at controlled temperature.



Vina Mein Ribeiro Blanco 2017

Vina Mein Ribeiro Blanco is made from 75% Treixadura, 10% Godello, 5% Loureira, 5% Albariño, 3% Torrontés, 1% Lado and 1% Albilla.

Nuanced layers upon layers of bay leaf, white stone fruits, moss, and wild fennel unfold.
Incredibly complex, this medium-bodied white has nervy acid to balance fleshy fruit and structure.

Review:

"In 1988, Javier Alén was part of the first generation to explore Ribeira’s lost fame, replanting 40 acres of vines in the hills above the Avia River to local varieties. In 2013, he hired Dani Landi and Fernando García to take charge of the vineyards and winemaking. Best known for Comando G, their old-vine garnacha from the hills above Madrid, they brought their interest in organic farming and soon transformed Alén’s vineyards and winery to produce wines like this blend, focused on treixadura (70 percent), with godello, albariño, loureira, torrontés and lado. It’s rare to find a $26 white wine—from anywhere—with this kind of subtle energy and engaging complexity. The wine is immediately delicious, offering a pale tropical-fruit flavor, as creamy-rich as cherimoya, but completely white. That flavor feels misty and sunny, lasting on open-ended lusciousness. It’s either the texture or the flavor that will keep you wanting more. Get some."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2020), 94 pts

 94 Points
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