Opaque ruby. Sexy mineral- and smoke-accented dark fruit, incense and potpourri scents are complemented by suggestions of cola and smoky minerals. Sweet, seamless and concentrated, offering intense boysenberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that become livelier and spicier with aeration. Sappy, palate-staining and lively; subtle tannins fold smoothly into the lingering blue fruit. -- Josh Raynolds.
Escalada Do Sil represents a revival of a style of wine that once upon a time was popular in the high elevation region of Valdeorras. Today Valdeorras is mostly known for the production of white Godello grapes, however before the 1800’s this region was known for the production of red wine, specifically grapes like Merenzao which today are very rare to find. Escalada Do Sil is a blend of Merenzao, Mencía and Garnacha Tintorera. Merenzao is very aromatic showcasing aromas of strawberries and violets. In Portugal the Merenzao grape takes the name of Bastardo and in France, specifically in the Jura region, it takes the name of Trousseau. As it relates to the other grapes that make this special wine, Mencía provides body and Garnacha Tintorera (AKA Alicante Bouschet) contributes to its dark pigmentation and acidity. The vineyards of this rare wine are very near the cliffs of the Sil River, hence the name Escalada Do Sil. Valdeorras is known for its altitude and its mineral soils composed of slate and granite. Valdeorras is in between Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra, but its climate is totally different. If Bierzo is Cab Franc-like, Ribeira Sacra is northern Rhone-like. Valdeorras is more Cru Beaujolais-like. Its elevation brings about cooler nights and mornings producing grapes that exhibit more uplifted tones and its tannins tend to be more refined.