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:
International Wine Report, Oct '22 gave 92 points to Eira dos Mouros 2019 (red). “A blend of Souson, Caino Longo, and Brancello this complex wine offers an opportunity to taste beautiful grapes outside the mainstream. A pronounced nose shows a bit of sour fruit – cranberry, pomegranate – blended with cherry, purple plum, and a waft of spicy lavender. Relatively light bodied and fruit forward the palate reveals darker fruits of blueberry and plum with powdery perfumed lavender, and a herbaceous note on the finish. Lovely wine for pairing poultry and salmon.”
Wine Spectator, Oct '22 gave 92 points to Eira dos Mouros 2019 (red). “Fragrant on the nose, with a sage, thyme and parsley blend, this light- to medium-bodied red offers both tart and ripe cherry fruit flavors as well as smoke and sandalwood notes. Creamy, with a light, pleasing plumpness throughout.”
-Doug Frost, Feb '22, Eira dos Mouros 2019 (red). “I have long enjoyed the branco version of this wine from the Bodega Casal de Arman, but I’m charmed, enthusiastically so, by the tinto built from 50% Sousón (Vinhao), 40% Caiño Longo (Borraçal), and 10% Brancellao. I love that the acidity seems completely knit inside the fruit of the wine but it is never shrill (unlike a few of its peers in that part of the Iberia Peninsula). And it’s not rustic either; stainless steel and scrupulous cellar work make for a wine I insist upon having again, tomorrow night, with salmon this time instead of chicken”.
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Oct '21 gave 91 points to Eira dos Mouros 2019 (red).
“This beautiful new Ribeiro is very generous upon entry with polished tannins that line the bright core of red fruits. With more air citrus embers, smoke and minerals combine with shades of tobacco leaf.”