Ribeira Sacra "Alodio" Mencia, Spain

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  • Stephen Fallows

    Hi Kris. I have only just come across this article so apologies for being a bit behind the times. First up I totally agree with your comment about trying new wines and I am very pleased to see that wines of the Ribeira Sacra are becoming known in your part of the world. I would like to add a couple of corrections if i may. Whilst it is true that the majority of vines in the RS are grown on terraces on the almost vertical slopes of the rivers Sil and Miño the same is not true of Galicia as a whole. Albariño is indeed the main grape of the Rias Baixas but in the RS the predominant white wine grape is Godello. Only Abadia de Cova has a commercially sold Albariño from the RS. Alodio is not a 100% mencia but has Merenzao and Brancellao grapes in the blend. Adega Alguiera has single varietal wines of these grapes if you ever get the chance to try them – recommended. Whilst is may be true that RS is a DO mainly known for reds it is not the only DO – Rioja, Duero, Jumilla, Toro, Priorat etc etc. I would agree with you that there are too many new vineyards jumping on the albariño wagon which is affecting the quality – though lowering the price – but the Arbo sub district of Rias Baixas have some excellent quality examples and though Galicia will probably hate me for saying so – Melgaco across the river in Portugal has the best albariños I have tasted in a long while.

    • http://www.blogyourwine.com/ Kris Chislett

      Stephen, thanks for the insightful corrections! Very-much appreciated!