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Cortezada - 2017

Fedellos do Couto

4.0 / 5.0

Spain » Galicia » Ribeiro DO
red still, dry
968 UAH
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Fedellos do Couto Cortezada 2017


4.0 / 5.0750 ml@Lo Bar

Aromatic profile of graphite, black pepper, berries, spices, leather, and underbrush, displaying sophistication and balance. Juicy and highly drinkable. Remarkable quality for its $14 price (heh). My last bottle enjoyed with appreciative company. One person even identified the winery.

3.9 / 5.0750 ml@Oleksandr Meier

Unlike many other wines by Fedellos do Couto, Cortezada is produced only from Mencía grape. Lovely result from young vines. Black pepper, blueberry, wild strawberry and red flowers. Juicy, delicious and well balanced - typical style of the wonderful trio from Galicia. I can drink it anytime in any quantities. Great value.

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.