Wines from Galicia rated by Parker

We started the week with new Parker scores for wines from Bierzo, and we end it with new wines from Galicia rated by Parker. In his new report Luis Gutierrez reviews the wines from the Galician denominations of Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra and Monterrei, performing an in-depth analysis of health of Galician wine.

Of special note are a series of small producers looking to produce wines with a defined personality, focusing on quality, organic farming, authenticity, old vines, etc., in short, obtaining a wine that reflects the character of each plot.

vinos de Galicia puntuados por Parker

In contrast, Luis Gutiérrez criticizes the denominations of origin for the standardization of the wines and for focusing on large volume instead of on quality. In his report he points out how these small producers have to leave the denominations because the latter fail to provide a haven for the diversity of personalities of their wines.

In evaluating the Galician denominations, Luis Gutiérrez highlights the D.O. Ribeiro, an interesting context that has evolved considerably in the last 5 years.
An area that is traditionally one of great cooperatives, but which is seeing how the long-established names, Luis Anxo Rodríguez or Emilio Rojo, are being joined by new interesting projects like El Paraguas Atlántico, Augalevada or Cume do Avia.
He also highlights a classic winery like Viña Mein, which has hired Comando G as consultants to try to change their wines: beginning to grow organic and biodynamic vineyards, using as little yeast as possible, fermenting each plot separately, promoting the use of local varieties, and using old vines to produce some of their wines; all this in search of authenticity and personality.

From the D.O. Rías Baixas, Luis Gutiérrez highlights the great producers we’re used to seeing in his reports: AlbamarForges of the SalnésFulcrum and Zarate, all of them in the Salnés area; producers who are involved in new projects to make new wines every year, and whose progress he advises us to follow closely.
When it comes to evaluating the vintages, we encounter two very different years: 2016 suddenly became a complicated year, when the rains came at harvest time — something that marked the character of the wines of this vintage, depending on whether the grapes were picked before the rain with the grapes a little green and therefore with a touch of acidity, or if they were picked after the rains, which could lead to oversaturation and, therefore, to a loss of acidity. Something highly valued and necessary in the wines from Rías Baixas.

On the other hand, the 2017 vintage was a quiet one, being warmer and drier, which led to the harvest being brought forward to preserve the acidity and avoid the heat. A good vintage for Rías Baixas wines.

Luis Gutierrez highlights the D.O. Monterrei Quinta da Muradella winery and its wines from the warmest area of Galicia with a characteristic mineral background; wines that Gutiérrez values for their highly positive progress year after year.
And lastly, in Ribeira Sacra, the Envínate winery, a project originally from Tenerife, which is working with small plots of old vines. Or Fedellos do Couto, a small winery working on small plots on granite soils with a cool climate, and producing wines with a great personality.

Galicia, a land that is attempting to change its historical way of making wine, leaving aside the great production and seeking the personality and authenticity of each nook and cranny of its diverse territory.
By following this link you can find all the Galician wines rated by Parker. We hope you like them.

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