Brand: Senda Verde is a brand of acclaimed importer Winesellers, LTD. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the family run company was awarded “2015 Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers has over 3 decades of experience as a family importer of family wineries, from both well-known and unique wine regions around the globe.
Senda Verde brings together artisanal wines from unique regions in northern Spain that follow the 43°N parallel, from coastal Galicia eastward along the northern coastline. Lush and green, the region is known as “España Verde” [Green Spain].
Senda Verde Treixadura Ribeiro DO 2015
Winemaking: Grapes are hand harvested from steep vineyards located on the banks of the Miño River in the Ribeiro region, which is the oldest appellation in Galicia, northwestern Spain. The average vine age is 25 years, the soil is a mix of slate and granite with alluvial stones. Grapes are pressed using only the “mosto yema” [free run juice]. After the final fermentation, the wine is racked again and aged on the fine lees for 3 months.
Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour with aromas of tropical fruit, white flowers, herbs and tomato leaf. A refreshing fusion of citrus and savory herbaceous flavours, complimented by floral notes along with light apricot, mango and yellow apple accents. Enough acidity to be food friendly, bright citrus highlights the crisp, refreshing finish. Lovely sipping on its own, or with light dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Steamed fish or shellfish, spicy white meat dishes.
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. by R.E.N. 41943-OU
$13 [average price]
Senda Verde Albariño Rias Baixas DO 2015
Winemaking: Grapes are hand harvested from vineyards in the Salnés Valley and the ORosal region, both within the Rías Baixas appellation on the southwest coast of Galicia. The soil is predominately granite, with some chalk and clay.
Tasting Notes: Bright gold in colour with aromas of lemon, minerals and traces of honey drizzled toast. Sweet melon, pear, honeysuckle and a hint of ginger are complimented by fresh acidity. Finishing dry and fruity with a streak of minerality, this is a sunny, fresh glass that will vanish right before your eyes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: The fresh acidity makes it a fine contrast to foods that are rich, salty, oily, fatty, or mildly spicy. It also pairs nicely with tart foods such as vinaigrettes, capers, leeks, and tomatoes. The wine is an excellent accompaniment to fish and shellfish.
[This paired wonderfully with roasted paprika and maple syrup delicata squash, buckwheat noodles, miso broth, and breaded, peppery tofu, all covered in spicy togarashi.]
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. Vigo, Galicia by R.E.N. 40957PO
$13 [average price]
Rated 87 points by Wine Spectator
Samples submitted for review purpose.