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Lomba dos Ares - 2017

Fedellos do Couto

3.97 / 5.0

red still, dry
Vino de Mesa, Spain
Mencía, Mouratón, Garnacha Tintorera, Caiño, Bastardo
634 UAH, 676 UAH, 598 UAH, 650 UAH
not available
Fedellos do Couto Lomba dos Ares 2017

Lomba dos Ares is a village wine from their oldest and steepest vineyards on the west bank of the Bibei river. Practically a field blend from ~70 years old vines. These grapes are grown on granite, schist, and sand soils. The altitude is 450–650 meters. Lomba dos Ares in a natural yeast co-fermentation of all used varieties aged in foudre and a few neutral 300-500L French oak barrels.


4.00 / 5.0750 ml@Garage

As delicious, elegant and charming as ever. It has character yet it doesn't bite. On the contrary! Quaffable and juicy, it is! A fistful of wild strawberries, raspberries, forest floor, spices and red flowers. Well-balanced, relatively complex and yet easy-going.

4.00 / 5.0750 ml@Wix Kyiv Office · Wine o'clock with People

I absolutely love what Curro Bareño and Jesús Olivares are crafting. I am a little bit nervous whenever I share a bottle of their wine. But it makes me so happy to see other people enjoying it. Elegant and juicy, yet with character and muscles. A burst of wild strawberries, raspberries, forest floor, spices and flowers. Medium-bodied with good balance, acidity and tannin. Lovely.

Wine #3 on Wine o'clock with People event.

3.90 / 5.0750 ml

Elegant and juicy field blend (at least Mencía, Mouratón, Garnacha Tintorera, Caiño, Bastardo) from Fedellos trio. Wild strawberry, raspberry, and hints of wet forest floor with spices. Medium body, well balanced, tannins are a little bit harsh. Not complex, but so enjoyable! Would gladly drink this beauty every lunch.

Fedellos do Couto

There are few viticultural regions as dramatic, wild, and diverse as Ribeira Sacra. Being a boundary between the cool, rainy Atlantic coast and Spain's hot, dry interior, Ribeira Sacra enjoys the best and the worst of the two domains. The main threats to viticulture are the storms that blow in from the Atlantic, bringing plenty of rain and wind; and morning fogs. A paradise for fungus. And yet people grow vines and make wines here. Some locals even practice organic and biodynamic farming. And that's truly heroic.

Ribeira Sacra is currently one of the most talked-about places in the wine world, not only for its scenery but for affordable, refreshing, and complex wines made from indigenous varieties like Mencía (a sleeker expression than in Bierzo), Mourantón, Garnacha Tintorera (widely planted after phylloxera), Caño, Bastardo (a.k.a. Trousseau), Grao Negro, Sousón, Godello, Doña Blanca, Palomino, and other grapes. Not the most popular and known bunch, isn't it?

Luis Taboada comes from an old family that owned Pazo do Couto, an ancient manor dating to the 12th century that produced a wide array of agricultural products. Recognizing the value of his ancient, north- and east-facing vineyards, he teamed up with viticulturist Pablo Soldavini, a proponent of organic farming and winemakers Curro Bareño and Jesús Olivares to found Fedellos do Couto in 2011. According to PanLex, Fedellos roughly translates as 'brats'. So the name of the winery is - Brats from Couto (estate).

Curro Bareño and Jesús Olivares are also known for Ca' di Mat and Peixes. After parting (when?) their ways with Luis Taboada leaving DO Ribeira Sacra (deemed atypical!), they decided to merge Fedellos do Couto with Peixes to become a single project - Fedellos.