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Luis Rodriguez, 'A Teixa' Ribeiro Blanco 2017
Spain / White

Luis Rodriguez, 'A Teixa' Ribeiro Blanco 2017

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Luis Rodriguez established his bodega in 1988 with the goal of making terruño-driven wines from indigenous grape varieties, such as Treixadura, Brancellao and Caiño that were on the verge of extinction at the time. Luis has slowly accumulated almost 6 hectares comprised of nearly 180 micro-parcels, most replanted by Luis using either seleccion massale or grafting onto old Palomino rootstock, and located on the southwestfacing, granitic hillsides of his hometown of Arnoia. 

The Ribeiro D.O. is an ancient Galician wine region located 45 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Portugal. Ribeiro had historically produced Spain’s most prestigious white wines, but in the early 20th century oidium, phylloxera, and war devastated the region and Ribeiro’s wines lost favor. Native vines were torn up, and Palomino was widely planted due to its higher yields. Cooperatives took over most of the production. By utilizing a mix of old-fashioned and modern winegrowing methods, Luis and a few others are responsible for the revitalization of artisanal Ribeiro winegrowing, and Luis’s vinhos tintos are considered to be the standard bearers for Ribeiro.

This comes from a single vineyard planted on decomposed granite located in the town of Ribadavia, and is comprised of the native grapes Treixadura (mostly), Godello, and Albariño.  Ribadavia is known for producing lush, textured, and expressive wines, and A Teixa is exemplary of this.  The wine is fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in a 23hl foudre, raised on the lees for 1 year in the same foudre, and then released after 1 year in the bottle.

Country
Spain
Sub-Region
Ribeiro
Region
Galicia
Varieties
Treixadura, Godello, Albarino
Farming
Lutte Raisonée
Soil
Decomposed granite
Winemaking
The wine is fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in a 23hl foudre, raised on the lees for 1 year in the same foudre, and then released after 1 year in the bottle