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Guimaro Camino Real 2019

Ribeira Sacra

Regular price $26.99 Sale price $31.99

Camino Real 2019  94+WA
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
This was the wine we just tasted I was gushing about in the intro above, we'll have this in our tasting next week on Wednesday!

80% Mencia and a mix of other varietals from old vine vineyards around the old “Camiño Real,” a horse path that runs across the steep slope at Amandi. All of the vineyards for this wine are older, planted on the classic Ribeira Sacra Losa slate, and on steep slopes.  The grapes were harvested by hand and fermented with native yeasts on the skins in used French oak vats with about 60% stem inclusion for 45 days. After fermentation, the wine was racked to 500L used French Oak barrels and 5000L foudres, where it rested for 10 to 12 months. No fining, no filtering, and only a small sulfur addition at bottling.

2019 has been consistently praised as one of the greatest recent vintages in Ribeira Sacra. Warmer than 2018 but cooler than 2020, it had a long ripening cycle and very good yields. The wines are classic, with nice freshness.

94+ pts  Wine Advocate
Camiño Real was a path from Doade to Castro Candelas only suitable for horses, not for carriages, that was said to have been used by the kings, hence the name, which means "royal path." The 2019 Camiño Real is a red to close the gap between the young unoaked wine and the reds from the single vineyards. It was produced with grapes from old vines in Amandi combining orientations, altitudes and soils. It's around 80% Mencía and the rest local grapes intermixed in the old vineyards that are always field blends—Brancellao, Merenzao, Sousón, Caíño… It fermented with some 60% full clusters in troncoconic oak vats with indigenous yeasts and a total maceration time of 45 days. The wine matured in a combination of 500-liter oak barrels and 5,000-liter oak vats for 10 to 12 months. It has a beautiful nose with floral notes, hints of fresh meat and great nuance and complexity. It's medium-bodied with very fine tannins, somewhat ethereal, like a weightless Côte-Rôtie. This has to be the finest vintage for this bottling. This was the only red I didn't taste from 2020 as it had not yet been bottled. This wine is a true bargain, and in this great vintage, they produced a little bit more, some 25,000 bottles. It was bottled in June 2020.
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