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2007 D. Ventura, Vina Caneiro, Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira Sacra, Map from De Maison Selections Inc.

D. Ventura is a project by Ramon Losada using old family vineyards.  All of three wines come from only three hectares in Ribeira Sacra Denominacion de Orixe (DO).  This DO is located in north-west Spain in Galicia and was granted in 1997.  Ribeira Sacra translates as “Sacred Shore” and is named after the old monasteries founded in the river valleys between the 8th and 12th centuries. The terraces, known as bancadas, were originally carved out by the Romans.   This is a rather isolated area as there are few roads. The old Roman Bridge, El Punete Bibei, that was built in 115 AD is still in use today.  The wines from the valley were typically sold up river to bars and restaurants in the city of Lugo.  They were shipped in barrel by boat.

El Puente Bibei, Photograph by Fanny Bueno

Ramon Losada’s family have been producing wine for centuries.  Ramon is a veterinarian who works in the vineyards during the weekends.  He produces three wines: Vina du Burato, Pena do Lobo, and Vina Caneiro.  The Vina Caneiro comes from the steepest vineyard in the Amandi area, next to the river Sil.  The estate follows organic principles.  This vineyard exists on pure slate.  The grapes are harvested by hand and indigenous yeasts start fermentation (so other yeasts are added later).

Vina Caneiro, Image from De Maison Selections Inc.

These are some seriously steep vineyards!!!

Vina Caneiro, Image from De Maison Selections Inc.

This wine is 100% Mencia and aged in stainless steel.  The label alludes to the steeply terraced vineyards.  This wine was recently available at MacArthur’s for $22.

2007 D. Ventura, Vina Caneiro, Ribeira Sacra
This wine has a medium nose of black, saline fruits.  In the mouth there are fresh, grippy red flavors that are scented in delivery.  It puts on weight in the mouth with air.  There are tart, red fruits, lavender, and persistent flavors all the way through the aftertaste.  There is a chewy quality to the fruit and a dark, expanding aftertaste.  This wine is just beginning to enter its second phase of life.  i would grab a couple of bottles, try one now and cellar the rest for a couple of years.  This Mencia is definitely different from what is produced in Bierzo!  ***(*) 2014-2017.

For further information and great photographs, check out these two great NY Times articles.  The Steep Ascent for Ribeira Sacra in The Diners Journal Blog and Wines from Ribeira Sacra in Spain Are Earning Praise in The Pour.

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