Manuel Moldes, "Acios Mouros" Vino Tinto 2017Regular price $39.00 Save $-39.00
Red wines from Rías Baixas have been exceedingly rare over the last few decades. After tasting this wine, it's become clear to me that the abandonment of these historic grape varieties is nothing short of a tragedy.
"Acios Mouros" is a blend of 60% Caiño Redondo, 20% Loureiro Tinto, 20% Espadeiro, all native to Val do Salnés. Vines are planted on schist and granite, and are on average 40-50 years old. Grapes are destemmed and fermented in open top bins for over a month, then pressed and aged for a year in old 300-liter barrels, then blended and aged an additional 4 months in steel.
This wine blew me away. Surprisingly deep and structured at only 11.5% alcohol. Rustic, lively and undoubtedly Atlantic, the 3 varieties create a beautiful choir of unexpected flavors and aromatics. Spicy herbal notes, small red berry fruit and purple flowers on the nose are met by an effusive palate showcasing fresh costal air, freshly cracked black pepper and a slight balsamic finish.(Kirk Sutherland, June 2021)