Talking about Antonio Míguez Amil is talking about an "adegueiro" (vigneron in the local Galician language) who is obsessed with the idea of bringing the old and reputed wines of Ribeiro back to life. Ribeiro is a complex reality, probably one of the oldest and most reputed regions in the old world, mostly forgotten nowadays that in the past stood on its own. We must go back to the 8th century until the 18th century to witness Ribeiro's Golden Ages when a barrel of wine from this area cost 2 or 3 times more than a barrel from Burgundy or Bordeaux.
With his white cuvée Cruz da Pena, Antonio is rediscovering one of the indigenous varieties in the Ribeiro: the Verdelho Antigo; which he blends with a bit of Treixadura and Lado. A wine that has also stayed 3 months in a barrel beforehand, where malolactic took place. It's super aromatic, you wouldn't call for Galicia on the nose if tasted blind. Loads of flowers, banana skin, wild peaches, red apples, and a slight nuance of kerosene. It's textural, flavorsome, super granitic, and with great tension. Surprising and unique.
Boas Vides 2020 is a red shaped by the nature of its vintage, being a wine with warmth and remarkable finesse. This is a red born out of co-plantation, where each variety is vinified separately, allowing them to get the best of themselves thanks to achieving complete macerations. It spends a minimum of 6 months in old barrels before coming back to rest in stainless steel tanks prior to being bottled. Sulfur levels are below the level recommended by Demeter. Portuguese-like nose with a very expressive concentration of red fruits, lots of bay leaves, pine, and eucalyptus. On the palate, it is dynamic, silky, and with an enviable freshness.
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