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2009 D. Ventura Vina Caneiro 

Galicia, Spain / $22 Retail

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From the tiny wine denomination of Ribeira Sacra ("sacred river"), situated between Rias Baixas and Bierzo in northwest Spain, 80-year-old vineyards produce deeply nuanced fruit on steeply terraced slopes. Made from 100 percent Mencia grapes, the wines are fermented in stainless steel with local yeasts, without any filtering or fining. The medium-bodied wine exudes aromas of red berries, black cherry and floral and mineral notes. On the palate, taste bright red and black berry fruit, hints of spice, lively acidity and silky tannins. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with roast pork and other meats, pate and cheeses. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle. — Brenda Maitland

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