Finca el Curvado, Ribeira Sacra
    Castro Candaz

    Finca el Curvado, Ribeira Sacra,

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    Castro Candaz, Finca el Curvado, Ribeira Sacra, 2017

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Castro Candaz, Finca el Curvado, Ribeira Sacra, 2017

    Finca El Curvado is produced from five plots of the same wider single vineyard, blending 45 to 70 year old vines. Mencia based but in practice a natural field blend which includes up to 20% of other varieties such as Alicante Bouschet and Bastardo, with some local white grape varieties too. Violet-scented with red plums, strawberry leaf and dark cherry on the palate. A herbal and subtle spiciness adds complexity. 2017 is the product of a warmer vintage and, as such, it is already attractive and easy to drink. Fermented with 100% whole bunches and aged in neutral 500L barrels. A great introduction to the schist-dominated slopes of La Chantada, a cooler sub-zone of Ribeira Sacra.

    ABV:
    13%
    93/100
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous
    Vivid ruby. Vibrant black raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by suggestions of succulent flowers, baking spices and smoky minerals. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering penetrating red and blue fruit, spicecake and violet pastille flavors and a suave touch of exotic spices. Concentrated but lively and precise in character, showing nervy cut and repeating florality on the long, gently tannic finish.
    Date Reviewed:
    06/2021

    specifications

    country:
    Spain
    region:
    Galicia
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    Producer:
    Castro Candaz
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    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    Castro Candaz

    Castro Candaz

    Castro Candaz is a new Ribeira Sacra project, established as a joint-venture between Bierzo legend Raúl Pérez and top Rias Baixas producer Rodrigo Méndez. In fact, they have a long history of working together, with impressive results. For in 2005, they established the now leading Rias Baixas estate Forjas del Salnés and it was there that Raul helped Méndez to refine his style and produce a range of elegant, high toned reds to compliment Mendez’s natural affinity with Albarino. In return, he helped Pérez to develop his famous “Sketch” label, now one of the most sought after whites in Spain. Happily, they have joined forces once more, this time in Ribeira Sacra, truly one of the most awe-inspiring regions in Europe. Pérez already has a foothold there in the warm, Amandi subzone via Guimaro, with whom he produces La Penitencia and El Pecado, so when it came to developing Castro Candaz, Pérez and Mendez were seeking a new expression of Ribeira Sacra. Together they scouted out the cooler, lesser-known La Chantada appellation, where the Sil River widens, and the soils have a higher proportion of granite over schist. These are beautifully detailed wines with an unerring freshness and precision reminiscent of top level Cote Rotie, offered at a snip of the price. Under the radar for now, this small project is nevertheless destined for greatness.

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