2014 Algueira Brancellao Ribeira Sacra

SKU #1323278 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The youngest red was the 2014 Brancellao (not easy to see on the label), a varietal from 30-year-old vines on very steep slopes that was fermented with full clusters in 600-liter open barrels, foot trodden and matured in barrel for one year. They used some 225-liter chestnut barrels as well as 225- and 300-liter French oak ones. It's a light and pale-colored, subtle and aromatic red, with an ethereal palate where the fine-grained tannins are nicely balanced by refreshing acidity. This showcases the potential and elegance of Brancellao, a grape that was ignored for a very long time that still has quite a lot to say. With time it develops a slightly animal character that I've seen in other wines, and it's quite subtle and does not dominate; I wonder if it's inherent to the variety. I need a lot more experience with Brancellao, because it's a grape that is really starting... 3,800 bottles produced.  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Brancellao is one of the spicy, rather peculiar grapes indigenous to Galicia, which occasionally is blended in with Mencía to complement it. Algueira is one of the leading lights in what many say is Spain's answer to Cote Rotie or Hermitage, in what is arguably the country's most exciting region for wine, Ribeira Sacra. Mixed berry aromas, with a savory, wild, feral quality, lead to an intriguing palate. There is fruit, but also lots of spice, and an intriguing salted plum quality.

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