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2008 D. Ventura Ribeira Sacra Vina do Burato

March 14, 2010

When I’ve heard of  Mencia it is usually from Bierzo, a part of Galicia where Mencia is the most promising red grape variety. Ribeira Sacra, also in Galicia, is also known for its Mencia. I’d never had a Ribeira Sacra but was very pleased to have sampled this wine. Eric Asimov wrote an article on Ribeira Sacra last year and had great things to say about D. Ventura.

Ruby/purple color. Intense red berries,  some roasted herbs and a suspicion of violet. Mouthwatering medium plus acid, medium minus tannin,  fairly light but candid structure and a minerally midpalate. Tart but fruity finish with that distinct minerality recurring. Cured meats and hard cheeses would work nicely. The acidity and minerality would work nicely with the fat and salt of the meat and cheese. For a meal a chicken cacciatore would do nicely. I always add a few black olives instead of salt in my cacciatore and I think any dish cooked with tomatoes, onions and olives would go well with this wine.

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