2015 Silice “Viticultoris”
(Ribeira Sacra, Spain) $22
Mencia (80%), Albarello, Merenzao, Garnacha Tintorera and white varieties
Originally from Galicia, Fredi Torres made a name for himself with Saó del Coster, an organic and biodynamic estate he co-founded in Priorat. He went on to start his own label there, simply called “Fredi Torres,” before returning to his roots. Now, he also makes wine in Rias Baixas as well as Silice Viticultoris in Ribeira Sacra with two friends, Juan and Carlos Rodriguez.
Vineyard: Sixty-year-old vines on granite, shale, sand and quartz.
Farming: Organic and biodynamic.
Vinification: Seventy percent de-stemmed and 30% whole cluster. Fermented and aged in large, old foudre for one year with an additional five months in bottle.
Tasting Note: Medium-bodied with humus, sage, thyme, smoked cherries and prunes.
Food Pairing: Roasted lamb with fresh herbs for the carnivores among you. It would also pair with a vegetable or lamb tagine.
Drinkability: This wine is drinking so well now I don’t see any reason to hold off, but I suspect it will hold up for at least another three years.