2014 Xabre Mencia Ribeira Sacra

SKU #1347210 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Xabre grows at vineyards between 15 and 80 years old, all in Quiroga-Bibei, the vines mainly mencía, with some souson, mouratón and garnacha. The tannins are as sharp as nails, but if you don’t mind that wild side, you may find the wine’s juicy red fruit and peppery spice irresistible, especially with grilled quail.  (8/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The third year of the Ribeira Sacra DO is the 2014 Xabre, a Mencía-based blend, with the rest made up of Sousón, Mouratón and Garnacha Tintorera. The wine fermented in a large-sized oak vat, raised in barrique and then put back in vat before bottling. There are notes of wild berries, herbs and earth, with a faint lactic touch. There are some dusty tannins that would welcome food. There is a little bit of wood that should get integrated with some more time in bottle as the wine is very young. 4,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2016. (LG)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

Eulogio Pomares, the highly respected and innovative winemaker at Zarate, as well as Fento Wines in Rias Baixas, now makes a wonderful Ribeira Sacra from the Quirogei-Bibeo sub-zone of the region, an area with a wide diversity of soil types, exposures and elevations throughout the vineyards. This is a lovely example of Mencia: elegance, structure and delicious fruit combine to produce something incredibly tasty and convincing for folks who have some experience with Ribeira Sacra. Top notch value here!

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