Fedellos Do Couto Lomba Dos Ares 2014 750ml
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Fedellos Do Couto Lomba Dos Ares Red Blend 2014

Galicia - Spain

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Lomba dos Ares is red field blend from a plot of old vines containing mainly Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera, Negreda, Grao Negro, Merenzao (also known as Bastardo or Bastarda, and of course Trousseau!), Caíño and Aramón, from a hilltop in the Bibei Valley at 700 meters altitude not that far from Valdeorras. The vines are over 60-years-old, head-pruned and planted at an altitude of 450 to 650 meters. The standard modus operandi is to ferment the full clusters with indigenous yeasts in plastic bins and to mature the wine in used French oak barrels of different sizes, 300 and 500 liters. This was quite reductive when I tasted it and it took longer than the Cortezada to open up, but it finally showed its nuances and depth, with a similar profile, floral and with acid berries, some curry and lots of flinty aromas - a little meatier. The palate shows the sharpness and precision of the 2014s, with great focus, purity and acidity. This is different to Cortezada, but again at similar quality level. 4,400 bottles.
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Region: Galicia

Galicia, in northern Spain, was once a prosperous and highly popular wine producing region. Despite the strong influence and often bad weather brought by the Atlantic Ocean, the vintners of Galicia knew how to make the most of the grape varietals which thrived in their vineyards, and were renowned for producing excellent, characterful wines full of flavor and beautiful aromatic qualities. However, the economic collapse which occurred in Galicia in the 19th century all but destroyed the region's wine industry and reputation, and it looked as though the region would never recover. Thankfully for lovers of Spanish wines, plenty of money and effort was spent in rebuilding the Galician wine industry over the past few decades, and today, more and more wineries are once again making their distinctive single variety and blended white and red wines, and finding new fans across the globe.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.