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Ribeira Sacra (Spain)

Ribeira Sacra is a red wine from Galicia in North West Spain.

The grape used is Mencia known as Jaen in Portugal.

Typical Flavors


Black Cherry
Sour
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Licorice
Licorice

Violets
Violets
Thyme
Thyme
Pepper
Pepper
Gravel
Gravel

Oak Added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Tobacco
Tobacco

Sour Cherry, Blackberry and Pomegranate are typical Ribeira Sacra flavors.

Oak added Flavors: Vanilla, Coffee and Tobacco.

Profile

Ribeira Sacra has good acidity and smooth tannins:

BODYMedium - Plus
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Sausages
Sausages
Ham
Ham
Mushroom
Mushroom

Duck
Duck
Turkey
Turkey
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal

Ribeira Sacra is peppery and rich so it is excellent with Meat, Fowl and rich Veggie Dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Cured Meat.
Sausages. Pepper Sauce. Hamburger.
Asian Marinated Dishes. Duck.
Lamb. Lamb Shanks.
Pork. Rich Suckling Pig. Pork Belly.
Game in Cherry Sauce. Rich Veggies.
Wild Rice Dishes. Mushroom Risotto.
Rich Poultry. Turkey. Roasted Duck.
BBQ. Spare Ribs. Mustard Sausages.

Cheese:
High Acid Cheese. Feta. Goat.
Manchego. Cheddar. Gouda (Smoked).

Spanish Specialities:
Tapas. Chorizo (Spicy Pork Sausage).
Paella (Rice dish with Rabbit, Chicken, or Duck).

Portuguese Specialities:
Cabrito Assado (Roasted Goat).
Bacalao com Natas (Bacalao with Potatoes).

If You Like Ribeira Sacra

You Might Also Like:

Barbera Superiore (Italy)
Bordeaux Right Bank (France)
Rosso di Montalcino (Italy)
Cannonau (Italy)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)
Chianti Classico (Italy)
Merlot (France)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Primitivo (Italy)
Ribeira Sacra (Spain)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Zinfandel (USA)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Wine Region Galicia

Galicia

Galicia is a region in north-west Spain.

There are 5 Denominacións de Orixe (DO) in Galicia:

  • Monterrei
  • Rías Baixas
  • Ribeira Sacra
  • Ribeiro
  • Valdeorras

Rias Baixas (lower Rias), close to the border of Portugal, is known to produce the best Albariño in the world. In Portugal the same grape is called Alvarinho.

Ribeira Sacra is best known for dry red wines from the Mencia grape.

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