EIRA DOS MOUROS
D.O. RIBEIRO, SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, D.O. Ribeiro, Avia valley.
Grapes: 50% Sousón, 40% Caiño Longo, and 10% Brancello.
Vineyard: 100% estate fruit.
Soil: Granite, Sand, and Slate.
Vinification: Grape selection is done at the vineyard. Pre-fermentative cold maceration of the whole bunches, maintaining low temperatures during de-stemming. Skins soaked for 4-5 days in stainless steel.
Aging: 11 months aging in stainless steel vats, bottle aged 4-5 months before release.
Nose: Medium intensity on the nose showing black plums, lavender, and aromatic herbs.
Taste: Full of fruit, fresh on the palate, with fresh cranberry, and blueberry notes coming through.
Color: Cherry red with garnet rim.
Gastronomy: Roasted chicken and game birds, grilled salmon, tuna belly, and roasted vegtables.
Eira dos Mouros is Galician language. Eira translates to Medicine woman or Chaman, which are still present in every town in Galicia. These Chamans resembled nature doctors. Mouros translates to little walls for wine terraces. These words combined, Eira Dos Mouros, translates to “The Medicine woman of the walled terraced vineyard.”
Talking About the Wines:
A View From The Cellar, Oct ’19 gave 91 points to 2017 Eira Dos Mouros (red). “The 2017 Eira Dos Mouros Tinto from Casal de Armán is a fine follow-up to the excellent 2016 version Readers may recall from last summer that the wine is composed a blend of Souson, Caino Longo and Brancellao and raised entirely in stainless steel tanks. The 2017 tips the scales at a cool 12.5 percent octane and offers up a beautiful bouquet of sappy black fruit, a hint of pomegranate, bonfire, coffee grounds, a fine base of soil, just a dollop of tree bark and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and intensely flavored, with fine transparency and grip, modest tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This wine has lovely balance and plenty of personality! While it is quite approachable today, it is still a young wine and if you choose to drink it now, give it half an hour in decanter first to let it blossom properly.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Aug ’19 gave 91 points to 2017 Eira Dos Mouros (red). “Focused on sousón and caiño longo, this blend fills the head with spice, a cool, brisk wine that buzzes with cracked-black-papper scents. There’s a burst of sour cherry flavor, the wine light enough to serve with shellfish, like razor clams.”