Luis Rodriguez Blanco, "A Teixa", 2013

Luis Rodriguez Blanco, "A Teixa", 2013

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Coilleiteiro Luis Rodriguez has two goals when it comes to winemaking -- stay true to native varietals, and create age-worthy wines from the complex flavors within these grapes. In the heart of the Ribeiro, in Galicia (NW Spain), Luis holds 5 hectares, broken up into nearly 100 micro-plots on some of the steepest south-facing slopes in the region where he has been growing since 1988. The Ribeiro was once famed for its traditional wine - vino tostado - made from grapes harvested then left to dry in the sun, but in the last three centuries, conflict, mildew, phylloxera, and civil war have caused most local growers to turn to bulk production table wine. Luis Rodriguez is on the forefront of the battle to shift the attention of both growers and buyers back to the indigenous varietals of Galicia -- Treixadura, Lado, Ferrol -- and to showcase the unique terruno, or terroir. A Teixa is a single vineyard located in the town of Ribadavia and is comprised of the native grapes Treixadura (mostly), Godello, and AlbariƱo. Ribadavia is known for producing lush, textured, and expressive wines.

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