2013 Algueira "Carravel" Ribeira Sacra

SKU #1323275 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Carravel aims for the more balsamic side of Mencía, with a longer élevage. It's produced with the fruit of 40-year-old vines on steep slopes, fermented with 20% full clusters in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, followed by malolactic in barrique and aged in 225- and 600-liter oak barrels for 24 months. All three Mencía bottles are from the Doade zone and all three are very different. This Carravel has incredible aromatics, with notes of tangerine and blood orange, and is all about freshness with a spicy twist. Fernando tells me this is the perfect moment to taste the wines, and I agree that they were all showing incredibly well. The palate is fluid and mineral, with a very tasty finish and unnoticeable tannins. This is the best Carravel I remember. There is no 2014 from this particular bottling. 4,000 bottles were filled in March 2016.  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

Algueira was the first winery in Ribeira Sacra to attract significant attention to this region, and to this day remains amongst the top 3 wineries in the area. From their entry level Mencía on up, the wines are always so expressive, with great freshness and typicity for the region. Caraval

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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.
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