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:
Wine & Spirits Magazine, August '21 gave 91 points to 2019 Casal de Armán (red). “This is a blend of brancellao, souson and caiño longo from five acres of vines in the granite sands, clay and slate of the Avia valley. It’s a fresh, floral, stainless-steel style with bright red sour-cherry flavors. All the juice of a cherry for summery grilled lamb.”
-Vinous Media, June '21 gave 90 points to 2019 Casal de Armán (red). “Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas are energized by a pepper nuance. Juicy and smooth on the palate, offering subtly sweet dark fruit flavors and a touch of smokiness. The spicy note repeats strongly on a long, chewy finish framed by dusty, even tannins.”
-International Wine Review, Jan '21 gave 91 points to 2018 Casal de Armán (red). "This blend of autochthonous Galician grape varieties is delightfully fresh with loads of berry and cherry fruit complemented by light herbal and mineral notes. It has good balancing acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Made of equal parts Brancellao, Sousón, and Caiño Longo grown in estate vineyards aged 11 months in stainless steel tanks."