CASAL DE ARMÁN
D.O. RIBEIRO, SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, D.O. Ribeiro, Avia valley.
Grapes: 34% Sousón, 33% Caiño Longo, and 33% Brancellao.
Vineyard: 100% estate fruit.
Soil: Granite sand, and Slate.
Vinification: Grapes are handpicked, selection is done at the vineyard. Whole berry pre-fermentation, then cold maceration. Cold temperature is maintained during the de-stemming and vatting. Maceration of grape skins for 7 days in stainless steel.
Aging: Racked and then rests in stainless steel vats for 11 months prior to bottling. Aged in the bottle for an additional 3-4 months.
Nose: Fresh stone fruit aromas, balsamic, fruity expression.
Taste: Fruity and structured, cherry plums, tart berries and dry minerality.
Color: Cherry red with violet rim.
Gastronomy: Octopus, seafood, roasted vegetables, grilled meats. Soft aromatic cheeses like Camembert and Galician Tetilla, dark chocolate with sea salt.
This wine is made from 100% estate fruit coming from a few hectares of vineyards. Casal de Armán red uses only native red varietals that are found in Galicia, situated in historic areas of the Avia valley.
Talking About the Wines:
-Vinous Media (Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool), Mar ’19 gave 90 points to 2016 Casal de Armán Red. “Youthful violet color. Displays an array of fresh red/blue fruit scents that are complemented by spice, floral and mineral topnotes. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that slowly deepen and turn sweeter on the back half. Finishes long and lively, with smooth, even tannins framing lingering spicecake and cherry notes. (Fermented and aged for 11 months in stainless steel tanks.)”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ’18 gave 90 points to 2016 Casal de Armán (red). “The 2016 Ribeiro Tinto from Casal de Armán is composed of a traditional blend of indigenous grapes in the region: Souson, Caino and Brancellao. The wine is fermented and raised in stainless steel and does not see any oak. The 2016 version comes in at thirteen percent octane and offers up a lovely nose of dark berries, cherries, pepper, woodsmoke, a fine base of soil, a touch of tree bark and a lovely mix of gentle botanicals in the upper register that recall Emidio Pepe’s young Montepulciano a bit. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright, soil-driven and complex, with a good core, fine focus and grip, lovely acids and a quite long, bouncy and impressively complex finish. This is good juice that will drink well out of the blocks, but has the balance to also age nicely and will probably be even more interesting with a few years in the cellar.”
-International Wine Report, March '17 gave 91 points to 2015 Casal de Armán (red). "This deep-hued wine opens with a bouquet of sage, black pepper, black cherry, black plum, creosote, and loganberry liquor. The exceedingly dense and lush nose brings you back to the glass for more. The minerality is striking as it blends beautifully into the integrated flavors of red cherry, black forest cake, smoked pork shoulder, black plum, dark chocolate shavings, and suggestions of wet gravel. Polished, intense, and lithe."