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2018 Envinate Ribeira Sacra Lousas Vina de Aldea #126422872

12x 750ml

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24+ In Stock

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Based on 40 reviews on Cellartracker.com


Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "They only used a little sulfur at bottling time. The backbone comes from Ribeiras del Sil, a zone that delivers vertical wines and adds freshness. It's perfumed with notes of violets, expressive and open, with lots of fruit, a spicy twist and the complexity of mixing different origins and soils. The palate is pungent and more powerful than it seems, with very fine minerality. Incredible for the price. 18,000 bottles and 205 magnums produced. It was bottled in December 2019. (LG)" 93 points John Gilman "The 2018 Lousas Vinas de Aldea from Envinate is made from several different vineyards, all of at least sixty years of age. They are planted with ninety to ninety-five percent Mencia, but as these are old vineyards, there are a few other varieties co-planted here. The grapes are foot-trodden, fermented with indigenous yeasts and includes forty percent whole clusters in 2018, with the wine raised for its customary year in the cellar in old oak casks. The bouquet here is beautiful, offering up a black fruity blend of cassis, graphite, lovely minerality, a hint of the pomegranate to come, tree bark and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a superb core of fruit, great mineral drive, ripe, well-integrated tannins and outstanding length and grip on the very elegant finish. This is drinkable today, but I would give it three to five years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers to start to emerge. Fine, fine juice. (JG)"

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About Envinate

Envinate ("wine yourself") is four friends paving the way for winemaking in the Canary Islands and Galicia. These pioneers make some of the most singular wines in Spain’s most extreme and ancient wine-growing regions - Tenerife, Ribeira Sacra, Almansa, and Extremadura.

Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and Jose Martinez met in enology school before launching a consulting business. They eventually evolved into Envinate, allowing them to explore different regions along the Atlantic, making fresh wines with local grape varieties. Their farming and winemaking techniques vary slightly by location, but they like to stick to a hands-off style to showcase each varietal and their distinct “terruno.” They farm organically, pick by hand, crush the grapes by foot, and ferment with wild yeasts resulting in wines with lively personalities, freshness, and distinct purity.

Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate has been enthralled by Envinate for several years and recently awarded the 2020 Taganan Parcela Margalagua 99 Points -  an impressive feat! He’s highlighted their ageability, quality, and value, noting they are "cheaper than most of the wines that deliver this quality" and are "an example of what can be achieved in the region with the right grapes and vinification."

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