Dominio do Bibei Press

From The Wine Advocate

92 Points
2011 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #224

($36) The 2011 Lalama is a blend of local reds (mostly Mencía, but also Brancellao, Mouratón and Garnacha Tintorera) that was fermented in a combination of 500-liter open barrels and foudres with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in contact with the lees for 13 months in well-seasoned French oak barrels and a further seven months in 4,500-liter oak vats. It has a wild, slightly rustic perfume, that for me represents the slopes of the Bibei river with some aromas of sour cherries, earth and a leafy hint. The palate shows a creamy texture, it's medium-bodied and it feels young and lively, so there is no rush to drink it. It represents a fantastic introduction to the reds of the Bibei zone of Ribeira Sacra and it's a favorite in restaurants because of its very good price to quality ratio: I order it whenever I see it. Besides that, they release their wines considerably later than most wineries in the zone; in this case, after a long aging in oak it still rested for 16 months in bottle before it was sold, which means the wines have had time to settle down in bottle and polish some of the possible edges they might have shown in their youth.

I tasted three wines from Dominio do Bibei that are in the shops right now.

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

92 Points
2011 Dominio de Bibei Lapola Ribeira Sacra Blanco
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Sept 2014

($37.00) (70% godello, 20% albarino and 10% dona blanca): Light yellow-gold. Ripe lemon, pear and nectarine on the nose, with suave floral and chalky mineral qualities building with air. Fleshy, dry and mineral-driven, offering bitter quinine and citrus pith flavors that flesh out and deepen with air. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the incisive finish, which features notes of chamomile, ginger and white flowers.

93 Points
2010 Dominio Do Bibei Lacima Ribeira Sacra
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($73) (all mencia; fermented in large, open-top French oak tanks, with malo in French oak demi-muids and 19 months of aging in small, older French oak barrels): Brilliant ruby. Exotically perfumed scents of blackberry liqueur, cherry-cola, Asian spices and potpourri. Spicy and perfumed on the palate, showing excellent clarity and thrust to its intense dark berry, spicecake and candied violet flavors. Mineral-driven and penetrating, finishing with excellent clarity, supple tannins and lingering spiciness. Pretty seductive right now but I'd hold my bottles back for at least another five years, plus.

92 Points
2011 Dominio Do Bibei Lapola Ribeira Sacra Blanco
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($37) (70% godello, 20% albarino and 10% dona blanca): Light yellow-gold. Ripe lemon, pear and nectarine on the nose, with suave floral and chalky mineral qualities building with air. Fleshy, dry and mineral-driven, offering bitter quinine and citrus pith flavors that flesh out and deepen with air. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the incisive finish, which features notes of chamomile, ginger and white flowers.

92 Points
2010 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Ribeira Sacra
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($37) (a blend of mostly mencia, with brancellao, mouraton and garnacha tintorera; aged in a variety of oak vessels and concrete eggs): Brilliant ruby. High-pitched aromas of fresh red fruits, violet, smoky minerals and peppery spices, with a hint of blood orange in the background. Juicy, penetrating and concentrated, offering energetic black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with aeration. Shows excellent focus and persistence on the finish, which is firmed by fine-grained tannins and a jolt of dusty minerals. This vivacious wine is delicious now with some decanter time, but has the concentration and balance to age smoothly over the coming decade.

93 Points
2010 Dominio Do Bibei Lapena Ribeira Sacra Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($69) (100% godello):  Bright yellow.  Spicier and higher in pitch than the Lapola, offering zesty grapefruit, quince and mineral scents and a touch of pungent herbs.  Dry, racy and precise, with intense orchard and citrus fruit qualities underscored by bracing minerality.  Finishes with outstanding clarity and persistence, leaving chalky mineral and floral notes behind.

93 Points
2009 Dominio Do Bibei Lacima Ribeira Sacra
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($69) (a blend of 85% mencia and 15% brancellao):  Vivid red.  More deeply pitched than the Lalama, offering fresh cherry and black raspberry scents with hints of smoky minerals, violet and licorice.  Zesty mineral and peppery spice notes add bite to sweet dark fruit flavors, which pick up a blood orange nuance with air.  Closes sappy, spicy and long, leaving a sexy floral note behind.

93 Points
2008 Dominio Do Bibei Mouraton Ribeira Sacra
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($68) (100% mouraton, a rare native variety):  Bright violet color.  Aromatic, high-pitched nose evokes fresh blackberry, lavender and Asian spices.  Sweet and sharply focused, offering energetic flavors of black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille, all lifted by a mineral element.  Finishes spicy and very long, with impressive cling and clarity.

92 Points
2010 Dominio Do Bibei Lapola Ribeira Sacra Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($36) (80% godello with dona blanca, torrontes and loureira):  Light yellow-gold.  Bright, mineral-accented aromas of pear, lemon curd and white flowers.  Shows a deeper yellow plum quality on the palate, along with notes of fennel, chalky minerality and candied ginger.  Rich yet lithe white wine with excellent finishing clarity and length.

92 Points
2009 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Ribeira Sacra
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($36) (a blend of 90% mencia, 7% garnacha and 3% mouraton):  Bright red.  Powerful, mineral-laced aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices and potpourri.  Racy and finely etched, offering crackling redcurrant and strawberry flavors that gain sweetness with air.  Shows excellent clarity on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with suave, spicy persistence.

92 Points
2008 Dominio Do Bibei Brancellao Ribeira Sacra
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($74) Bright red.  Intensely perfumed, assertive aromas of cherry and blackcurrant complicated by incense and smoky minerals.  Powerful, palate-staining cherry-cola and licorice flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and pick up a floral accent with air.  The licorice and floral notes repeat on the long, focused finish, which is framed by silky, sweet tannins.

92 points
2008 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama Ribeira Sacra
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($38) (90% mencia, 7% garnacha and 3% mouraton, fermented in a combination of oak and concrete and then raised for 20 months in a combination of large and small French oak casks, all used 1 to 3 times): Vivid ruby. Assertively perfumed bouquet brings forth cherry pit, black raspberry, potpourri and anise, along with mineral and cracked pepper accents. Sappy, tightly focused red and dark berry flavors of great depth and energy, with a floral pastille quality building in the glass. Finishes spicy and long, with persistent mineral and floral notes.