Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | International Red Wines: Guímaro 2013 Finca Pombeiras Ribeira Sacra Galicia

Nestled in the appellation of Ribeira Sacra, in Galicia in the northwest of Spain, the Guímaro vineyards are planted to the Mencia grape variety on incredibly steep, terraced hillsides overlooking the Sil River. The Pombeiras single-vineyard bottling is tiny—fewer than 1,000 bottles are produced each year—and the magic inside combines the greatness of Côte-Rôtie and the finesse of Grand Cru red Burgundy with a distinctly Spanish flair.  

  • The vineyard is one of the oldest in Spain and was once cultivated by the Romans.
  • Crafted by the winemaker Pedro Rodriguez, known locally as Pedro Guímaro, this wine is fermented with whole clusters in neutral vessels, then aged for 8 to 10 months in used French oak barrels.
  • Savory aromas of cured meat give way to wild berries and a hint of olive.

Guímaro, guimaro.es ($65)

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