2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra

SKU #1089383

Located in the prime Ribeira Sacra growing region of Amandi, Carlos Diaz makes this delicious colleitero, or unoaked harvest wine, from primarily Mencía with a touch of Garnacha Tintorera, both of which grow on steep, granite hillsides in this visually stunning, verdant, growing region. Unlike some other wineries, who separate various parcels to make different cuvees, all of the fruit from Carlos' 2 hectares go to this one cuvee. The freshness of the fruit, notable mineral bite, and crisp acid balance are all hallmarks for Mencía grown in the Ribeira Sacra D.O. This would be a great foil to any number of bean stews, with or without all of the typical Spanish pig trimmings (lacón, morcilla, chorizo, etc) (Joe Manekin K&L Spanish Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2014  | Send Email
Amazing value thanks to Joe's direct buy! A fresh wine with lots of floral notes, juicy raspberry fruit, lots of fresh spices, a hint of green tobacco and some darker edges of blackcurrant. There is a a real purity to the wine with some soil nuances coming through to add complexity to the eminently drinkable juicy fruit.
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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/29/2014  | Send Email
Kudos to the buyer of our Spanish wines, Joe Manekin, for launching a direct import program. So far his hard work has yielded a great lineup of delicious, affordable wines. The 2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra is one of the latest. Mostly Mencia, unoaked, and just amazingly good for under $20. A little earthy, a little floral, a little spicy. Bright and lively with good grip. What a find!

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
This exciting value comes form a professor in Spain who farms his vineyards part-time. He has about five acres of vines and makes a wine that is clean, bright and has lovely fruit. It is vinified in enamel-lined tanks, resulting in a bright and focused character with both red and black fruit notes and enough acidity to keep it fresh and delightful. Don't miss this direct import value from Spain. Good job, Joe Manekin!
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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/15/2014  | Send Email
Our first Galician DI is this delicious Ribeira Sacra. What I love about the better red wines from this region (and I would certainly place the Estrela amongst them!) is their freshness, their minerality, medium body and overall balance. While the treacherously steeply sited vineyards, the poor slate soil and the dramatic scenery is eye catching,the most important thing here is the quality of the wines, which is terrific and improving with every vintage.

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/4/2013  | Send Email
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A fantastic price for an excellent wine! The diaz is all the finesse and bright mencia fruit you should expect from a well made ribeira sacra. Elegant, peppery, with firm acidity and raspberry fruits, this is an excellent pinot alternative for those wanting something different and something Spanish. At this price- do not pass this one up.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.