100% Carrasquin, Cangas' endemic red grape, from 30-60 year old organic in practice vineyards. Aged in a used, 3,000 liter French foudre for one year. Bottled with low SO2.
Only 1,200 bottles!
🥘 Pairs well with red meats, stews, carne asada tacos.
Decanter, 91 pts
Tasted by: Pedro Ballesteros Torres, MW
Issue Date: December 9, 2019
"One would take this wine for a great red Loire. Made from 100% Carrasquín, it unites freshness with tannic grip, shows a spicy expression with blackberry aromas, and has a persistent aftertaste. If only there were more of it... From steep vineyards in Cangas, Asturias, a remote area of unsuspected beauty. 12 months oak."
Extreme viticulture in every way: rocky, slate soils that slip under your feet, steep slopes with as much as 75% grades, warm and wet in the summer, snow in the winter. One of three regions the government has designated as being of “heroic viticulture”, owing to the difficulty of grape cultivation. Vidas' reds come from the Cangas and surrounding sub-regions, which are cooler and have lighter slate soils.
Visiting Siete Vidas is like traveling to the middle ages. Similar in many ways to Galicia, but more remote, Asturias is green and wet, with stone hovels and wood smoke always in the air. Cangas del Narcea and the surrounding areas were important viticulturally from the 11th century until 1950, when coal mining abruptly stopped cultivation, dropping from 3 million kilos of grapes per year to its current 100,000. Cangas native Beatriz Pérez is working to revive the local wine culture. She cares for many of the few remaining plots of vines, entrusted to her by older locals, too old to tend them on their own, and is also planting new vineyards. She is on a quest to show what Cangas can do!