2017 El Paraguas La Sombrilla (750ml)15 2 0 0
"El Paraguas is the project of Marcial Pita and Felicísimo Pereira in Ribeiro, where they work five hectares of vineyards to produce three wines. They also planted one-fourth of a hectare with Branco Lexítimo (Albarín or Raposo) in Ferrol, Pita's birthplace, and apparently, this is the northernmost vineyard in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal)...The focus continues to be the vineyards and the understanding of the zones and different granite soils they have. Production varies between 14,200 and 19,000 bottles." - Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate)
El Paraguas is a garage winery started by wine journalist and winemaker, Marcial Pita, and award-winning and fourth generation enologist and viticulturist, Felicísimo Pereira. They have been scouring the Ribeiro countryside for nearly forgotten grape varieties but work principally with the white grape variety, Treixadura from high elevation. All work is done by hand (or horse) with the highest respect for nature (eliminating herbicides or pesticides). The results are truly impressive.
The 2017 La Sombrilla is composed of Treixadura (91%) and Albariño (9%).
"I love the nose of the single-vineyard white 2017 La Sombrilla. It's had the advantage of some extra time and seems to have developed extra complexity and nuance. The textbook moss and river stones are there, completed by some tangerine peel and lanolin-like notes. This vineyard, given its altitude and good ventilation, wasn't touched by the frost that marked the year, but September was quite rainy and presented some challenges. This is mostly Treixadura with 9% Albariño from vines planted in 1997 on sandy granite soils. Sixty percent of the volume fermented in stainless steel and the rest in 600-liter oak barrels, where they wine matured with lees for six months, always with indigenous yeasts. It's serious and austere, with moderate alcohol and a fine texture marked by the sandy soils. It shows typicity and balance. It should also develop nicely in bottle. 3,150 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2018." 94 points - Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate, May 2020)