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Ribeira Sacra "Carravel", Adega Algueira 2009


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The 2009 "Carravel" is like an elegant Cote-Rotie. 100% Mencia from the impossible terraced slopes of the Carballocovo vineyard above the River Sil in Ribeira Sacra. You know that this is a very special place as soon as you taste this wine. Violet perfume and plums. Bright, delicate  flavors with a layer of sweet spice. Gentle and penetrating. A really beautiful wine.

"Carravel is sourced from the Carballocovo plot, that is, one of the most magnificient vineyards in the entire Ribeira Sacra. Viticulture there is only possible thanks to the terraces built on this incredibly steep slope, taking advantage of the schist in the soil, the Southern exposure, and the influence of the Sil river. Algueira was the first winery to age mencia wines in oak, just a few vintages ago. Carravel is a slightly glass staining red with intense aromas of currant and raspberry, with subtle nuances of flowers, minerals and a well-measured use of oak, creating a complex and very elegant experience. Its tannins are delicate, crafted to combine with the sought-after acidity of Ribeira Sacra." Antalva Imports