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Bibei Lalama Ribeira Sacra 2012


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Simply OUTSTANDING and SUPER value.

Producer/Winery: Javier Dominguez; Dominio do Bibei; Manzaneda, Spain.

Grape Variety: Mencia (with 10% Brancellao, Mouratón, Sousón, and Garnacha).

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Ribeira Sacra; Spain.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $29.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Venison roulade with Marsala sauce, baked potato and peas.

Tasting:

    Opened 90-minutes before drinking. Clear, dark ruby color with brownish/purple tint and a lighter rim. Intoxicating damp earth, wet wood, ripe cherry and plum aromas with hints of freshly crushed thyme. Silky smooth, vibrant, dusty, medium to full body and a 400-grit texture. Intense tart cherry and plum flavors and an underlying frisky mineral taste, lots of fresh acidity and smooth leathery tannins with a long finish that ends with a noteworthy taste of spice and tar. WOW, WOW, WOW what a fantastically well balanced and delicious red wine. It was “PERFECT” paired with the strong diverse flavors of the venison roulade and Marsala sauce, but notable sipping without food after the dinner. We’ve had lots of superb value Spanish wines, but this is right up near the top of the list. Every drop in the bottle was stellar. This was simply OUTSTANDING and a SUPER value.

The terraced Dominio do Bibei vineyards in the mountains of Ribeira Sacra
Photo from Steven Alexander, De Maison Selections.

Comments:

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Natural cork and one of the finest corks we have ever pulled from a bottle, probably from a Spanish Cork Oak that was hundreds of years old.

UPC Code: 6 64841 01300 3

Imported by: De Maison Selections; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.