Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Vino Tinto
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Region: Ribeira Sacra, Spain
Grape varieties: Mencia
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Vino Tinto is Pedro’s entry-level “joven” wine. It comes from multiple plots of Mencía vines averaging 40-years-old.
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About Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Vino Tinto
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Vino Tinto is Pedro’s entry-level “joven” wine. It comes from multiple plots of Mencía vines, along with a small amount of other co-planted native varieties, with an average age of 40 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested, 65-75% destemmed, fermented with native yeasts in steel vats, and aged on the lees for 6 months. The finished wine is fined with egg white, cold-stabilized, but not filtered before bottling. This unoaked tinto is all about immediate pleasure with pure, lush red fruits, spices, and slate-laden minerality. Pair this red with birra tacos or Korean bbq.
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.
The young and ambitious Pedro Rodriguez descends from a long line of colleteiros working in the Amandi area, Ribeira Sacra’s most prime subzone with south-facing vineyards planted on slate just above the river Sil. His parents Manolo and Carmen still work the vineyards daily alongside him. The family also maintains a small finca of mixed agriculture, raising chickens, rabbits, pigs, and cultivating a sizable vegetable patch. The culmination of the family’s agrarian traditions manifested with the establishment of their adega in 1991. They named their winery after Pedro’s grandfather, whose nickname “Guímaro ” means rebel in their local dialect.