2013 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Blend - Ribeira Sacra
750ml

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$32.99
2013 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Blend - Ribeira Sacra

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2013 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Blend - Ribeira Sacra
750ml

$32.99

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Dominio do Bibei is making some of Spain's finest and most elegant wines. An ambitious project that is certainly paying off, Bibei follows the ideas of biodynamic viticulture to obtain the purest expression of the region's terroir. All harvesting is done by hand and only indigenous yeasts are used in fermentation. Wine is moved by gravity with the underground temperatures providing natural refrigeration. Stainless steel tanks are not welcome here, with wood or cement being the fermentation and storage vehicles of choice. The 2013 Lalama is a supple and spicy blend of 90% Mencia with a little Garnacha and the less-known Mouraton, Souson and Brancellao. Heavenly scented, Lalama offers a palate soaked with crispness and flowers, raspberry fruit and a jolt of pungent mineral flavor backed up by Asian spice notes. Unfined, unfiltered and unrestrained, this is one great wine from one of Galicia's most exciting producers.

"A champion in quality-to-price ratio, the red 2013 Lalama wants to replicate the traditional wine produced as a field blend that is mostly Mencía with some 10% a myriad other varieties—Brancellao, Mouratón, Sousón and Garnacha Tintorera—from many different vineyards on different soils, altitudes and expositions. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in 2,500-, 3,500 and 4,500-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts followed by malolactic in 300-liter barriques where it was kept for 13 months followed by a further seven months in oak vat. It has an explosive and captivating nose, an explosion of wild berries and herbs, with just a creamy touch and some spices. It's redolent of acid berries, with an electric-like sensation in the palate revealing great freshness, focused flavors, very fine tannins and a clean, long and refreshing finish. This is plain delicious, the best Lalama I remember. 65,000 bottles produced. This combines quality, price and availability from a region where wines tend to be produced in small quantities. It's approachable and ready but should be long lived." Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate 93 points
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93 pts Wine Advocate