The Diego de Lemos Ribera Sacra Branco 2013 is produced in the northwest corner of Spain in the Ribeira Sacra DO by Diego de Lemos. This is rugged, continental, Atlantic-influenced wine country where the red grape Mencia gets most of the attention. The Mencia is outstanding from this up and coming region, but we believe the whites deserve some attention as well. They are unique wines, made from an exotic group of grape varieties like Godello, Treixadura, Albarino, and Loureira. Ribeira Sacra achieved DO status in 1996, so we’ve only just started to learn about the exciting wines and producers from the region. In 2002 Diego de Lemos was the first to be certified organic in Ribeira Sacra. They make some terribly unique red and white wines from their river-side slopes of granite and clay. We found this Branco totally intriguing, maybe you will too.
Tasting note: Stylistically, this wine is wildly different than the majority of white wine we regularly consume. This blend of Godello & Treixadura has developed aromas and flavors of lemon, apricot, pear, almond, citrus peel, honey, lavender and sea brine. Additionally, this wine shares an oxidative soul with Sherry from Jerez. The acidity is a restrained medium, leading to a richer, fleshier body and is very pleasant to drink. It might disappoint a crowd or a wedding party, but share this bottle with another wine-interested friend and there would be a lot to discuss.