- Caino Tinto
A red wine from 'Green Spain'? The sour cherry, cracked black pepper and herbal notes of this Caiño Tinto reflect its fresh Atlantic origins. Grapes come from a single vineyard on the coast, close to the mouth of the Umia River. The vines are 70 years old and are trained on tall granite posted pergolas, called emparrados in Gallego, which keep them off the damp ground. To farm here organically is a labour of love - they use shells from the surrounding coastline which provide the calcium and magnesium the vines don’t get from the granite soils, and seaweed as compost. This is an elegant distinctive wine, one to try if you enjoy Loire Cabernet Franc.
Our good friend Eulogio Pomares, winemaker at Zárate and something of a magician with the Albariño grape, was asked by his colleagues at Fento to be the winemaker of a new venture. The vines are grown at the bottom the Rías Baixas appellation, on the banks of the river Minho, which forms a natural border between Spain and its neighbour Portugal. The wines from this area are a bit less acidic and produce a slightly rounder palate without losing any of the typical Rías Baixas freshness.
At Fento they farm as respectfully to nature as possible, they let vegetation grow underneath Pergola trained vines, a system that is traditional to the region. One of Eulogio’s great talents is to bring terroir into the bottle and this is seen in a brilliant background of minerality in all these very well priced wines.