Guimaro Mencia

Guimaro Mencia

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Grapes: Mencia

Region: Ribeira Sacra, Spain

Vintage: 2019

Viticulture: Organic

Soils: Slate + Schist + Granite

Yeasts: Native

Vinification: Whole-cluster foot-treaded in large open-top wood tanks

Aging: Large neutral oak barrels

Fining or Filtering: None

Notes from the Importer: Cultivated since Roman times, Ribeira Sacra’s steep terraced vineyards are some of the most picturesque and treacherous to work in the world of wine - think Douro, Cote Rotie, or Mosel.  Like those most dramatic terruños, winegrowing here is not for the faint of heart; it takes spirited determination, unwieldy optimism, a sense of tradition, and a willingness to collaborate.  All of these qualities are embodied by the young Pedro Rodríguez of Guímaro, our colleteiro in Ribeira Sacra.

They named their winery Guímaro, which means “rebel” in Gallegoa nickname of Pedro’s grandfather. Guímaro was one of the first adegas to join the appellation in 1996.

In the beginning the wines were simple jovenes, young wines that showed the slate-infused freshness of lush red fruit and supple texture, the kind of wines the area of Amandi was known for. They continue that tradition with their un-oaked Tinto, an amazing value year in and year out.

In the early 2000’s Luis Buitrón introduced Pedro -who by then was in charge of his family estate- to the great winemaker Raúl Pérez of Bierzo.  Raúl helped Pedro see the potential of his old vine holdings to produce profoundly expressive and age-worthy single plot wines. This led to significant improvements in the vineyard, such as reducing yields of the commonly over-cropped Mencía grape, eliminating chemicals in the vineyards, and paying attention to the different plots’ expositions, which greatly helps to preserve natural acidity in the grapes.

Old-fashioned winemaking methods were reclaimed as well: wild yeast fermentation, foot treading in open-top vessels, raspón (stems) inclusion, working with low sulfur, and aging in used barrels. This approach gives us Finca Meixemán, Finca Capeliños, and the new Finca Pombeiras, some of the most distinctive and age-worthy wines being produced today on the “Sacred Banks”.

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