FRAGA DE CORVO
D.O. MONTERREI- SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Galicia, Monterrei D.O.
Grapes: Mencía 100% . Selection of grapes from vines on historical slopes in Monterrei. Practice organic and sustainable viticulture.
Soil: Granite based sand and slate.
Vinification: Second selection on vibratory table. Grapes are de-stemmed, and cold skin soak for 2 weeks. Fermented in French oak barrels.
Aging: Static aging in stainless steel. A portion of the wine remains in French oak barrels for 7 months and then 3 months in the bottle before being released. The wine is never filtered, nor clarified for added structure.
Nose: Aromas of black and red forrest fruits (blackberries and red currants), spicy notes of black pepper, clove, balsamic aromas of eucalyptus, forrest floor, light roast, and vanilla hints come through.
Taste: Fresh ripe fruits, minerality and focused full bodied wine. Long finish with notes of spice.
Color: Cherry red with raspberry rim.
Gastronomy: Mature cheeses, omelettes, seasonal mushrooms, game birds, such as: stewed quail and marinated partridge.
Fraga do Corvo is the name given locally to the landscape, an area of Monterrei nearby one of the vineyards. In September, Corvos (crows) sit on the electric power lines near the vineyards and performe a “natural” grape selection. The crows help by eating some of the fruit creating lower yields and thus provide a very important and helpful task for the winery. The winery decided to name the wine Fraga do Corvo as a tribute to the crows for their grape selection, as well as the name for the landscape nearby.
Talking About the Wine:
- International Wine Review, March ’21, gave 91 points to 2018 Fraga do Corvo (red). "Medium ruby with a touch of violet. This is a youthful wine showing wild berry, violet, and cassis on a delicate bouquet. Restrained on a medium bodied palate with berry flavors and a touch smoked meat on the finish. There’s good fresh, acidity and a polished, balanced finish. Grown in granite-based, sandy soils, fermented in French oak and matured in stainless with a portion aged 7 months in oak barrels."
- Washington Wine Blog, Feb ’21, gave 90 points to 2019 Fraga do Corvo (red). "Located in Vilaza, Galacia, this estate location has Mencia vines up to 50 years of age. The wine was aged in French oak for seven months and then in the bottle for additional three months. The freshness and soft texture are really great, as pink bubblegum, Bing cherry and red raspberry mingle with garrigue and damp earthy tones on the palate. Fantastic in its youth, this bright Mencia wine will cellar well over the next eight plus years."
-Vinous Media (Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool), Mar ’19 gave 90 points to 2017 Fraga do Corvo (red). “Dark purple. Highly perfumed blue fruit, floral and baking spice aromas show very good clarity and a touch of smoky minerality…The spice and mineral notes drive a long, focused finish that's given shape by smooth, fine-grained tannins.”