Monasterio de Corias
The small bodega Monasterio de Corias was established in the year 2000 by viticultor Juan Redondo and his good friend and wine professional Victor Alvarez. Utilizing native grapes from old vines, low impact farming, and careful artisanal winemaking are the rules at Monasterio de Corias. This bodega has been carving out a new legacy for Cangas del Narcea while bringing to light the historical significance of this nearly forgotten wine region. Monasterio de Corias farm 25 small parcels scattered over 10 hectares of Cangas vineyard. These vines grow on precipitously steep broken slate slopes, some terraced, some not. All of the grapes are hand-harvested. The winemaking is simple and direct. Wild yeasts start the fermentation under temperature control in stainless steel vats. The wines are raised in either vat for the Jovenes, or in French barriques for the age-worthy top wines. The wines see no longer than 12 months to avoid the over-oaking that plagues much of Spain’s more ambitious wines. Rarely at Monasterio de Corias the wines are above 13% alcohol, showing the delicacy and the true cool climate personality of Cangas. Blind tasting, you may think you are drinking a Fleurie from a top producer or a Moulin-a-Vent. These are wines that are racy, jam packed full of minerality, and show a delicate lushness of slate-laden fruit that speaks singularly of their marginal mountain-Atlantic climate.
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