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ADEGA CACHíN / PEZA DO REI

Region: Galicia
Appellation: D.O. Ribeira Sacra
City: A Teixeira-Abeleda
Winery GPS Coordinates: 42.394318, -7.443797

OVERVIEW

The César Enriquez family is among the core group of founding growers of what was to become D.O. Ribeira Sacra, reconstituting their vineyard site to noble varieties from the early 1990s. Peza do Rei is a medieval walled vineyard and woodlands estate taking its name from the Kings of León, for whom it served as an income source and private hunting retreat. Within the extant albeit crumbling medieval walls are twelve acres of vertiginous, single-row slate terraces forming a perfect south-facing amphitheater on the Edo River tributary of the Sil. Varieties planted are Mencía for reds, Godello, Treixadura and Albariño for whites.

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HISTORY

Ribeira Sacra and its Sil River Canyon must be counted among the world's most spectacular wine regions. Upon visiting, there is no choice but to be convinced of the region's potential to produce supremely expressive and individualistic wines. Twelve acres of vertiginous, single-row slate terraces form a perfect south-facing amphitheater on the Edo River tributary of the Sil. Varieties planted are Mencía for reds, Godello, Treixadura and Albariño for whites. The modern bodega, with a capacity for 50,000 bottles, is excavated into a hillside for complete temperature insulation, and boasts thoroughly updated winemaking equipment.

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PRESS

Peza do Rei Mencía (2016) - "Raspberry, wild herb and schisty aromas are key to the nose on this Mencía. A fresh, acidic palate is banging and racy, not subtle. Berry-fruit flavors are amplified by high acidity, while this is bright, energetic, floral and minerally on the finish."

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2018

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Peza do Rei Godello (2016) - "Though light-bodied, this white shows impressive energy, with quince and tangerine flavors mingling with floral and mineral notes. Pure, lively and expressive. Godello, Treixadura and Albariño."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Feb 28, 2018

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2015) - "Fruity up front, full of raspberry and juicy cherry flavor, this wine’s strong mineral presence seizes everything as it takes on air in the glass. Tense and firm, what seems at first to be another friendly, approachable Ribeira Sacra red becomes something much more important and complex. Give it a couple of years in your cellar, then open it with game."

92 Points (Best Buy)
Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2017

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2015) - "This very very dark ruby colored Mencia from Spain is a very good value. It opens with fragrant plum bouquet with hints of pipe tobacco and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, very approachable and friendly. The flavor profile is a mild red plum with notes of old oak and minerality, I also detected hints of gentle pomegranate, ginger and black olive in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins linger nicely. This wine would pair perfectly with a slow cooked Texas beef brisket. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 14, 2017

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Peza do Rei Godello (2015) - "This white gold colored Godello based wine from Spain is very good. It opens with a fain grapefruit and lime bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and slightly viscous. The flavor profile is a tasty mild green apple and mineral blend with hints of quince and white peach. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This wine is very food friendly and a bit of a quaffer. I would pair with chicken piccata. Enjoy —Ken"

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 1, 2017

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Peza do Rei Godello (2015) - "Stone-fruit, orange peel and Ribeira Sacra's textbook schist-driven aromas make for a moderately complex and interesting nose. This is tightly wound, with an acidic backbone. Flavors of white peach, pithy citrus and mild bitterness finish with a waxy but firm texture. It's 70% Godello with Treixadura and Albariño. "

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2017

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Peza do Rei Godello (2014) - "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Potent mineral-accented lime and pear aromas are complicated by suggestions of jasmine and fennel. Chewy, concentrated and dry, showing nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter quinine quality that builds in the glass. Nicely marries power to finesse, finishing bright, minerally and very long, with a sexy floral nuance."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2014) - "Brilliant red. Intense mineral- and smoke-accented aromas of fresh red berries and cherry, with a hint of dried flowers gaining strength with aeration. Taut, focused and refreshingly bitter, offering cherry pit and licorice flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows very good energy and lift on the incisive, spicy finish."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2012) - "The Enriques family farms eight acres in the Ribera Sacra, in an amphitheater of black slate facing the Río Edo, a tributary of the Sil. The steep terraces provide the fruit for Peza do Rei, a deliciously youthful mencía with cheerful flavors of raspberries and strawberries emanating from the glass. Its juicy acidity gives the wine a feeling of spring. I found it impossible not to adore this wine from the first sip."

92 Points ~ Best Buy
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2015

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Peza do Rei Godello (2013) - "Bright straw. Fresh pear, melon and tangerine on the fragrant nose, with a minerally nuance that gains power with air. Smooth and dry in the mouth, offering bitter citrus pith and pear skin flavors and a touch of tarragon. The pear note comes back strong on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and focus. I like the blend of power and finesse here. I also had the chance to revisit the excellent 2012 Peza do Rei Mencia Ribeira Sacra that I reviewed last year and while it still has plenty of life ahead of it, it's pretty delicious now, with lively berry fruit and a refreshing jolt of minerality that bodes well for the wine's future development. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2011) - "This opaque and dark ruby colored Mencía from Spain opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with a hint of old oak. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, well balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild oak infused red raspberry with hints of black currant and blueberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins and flavors linger nicely. This is a very nice Mencía. If you have not tried this grape, this wine is a nice one to introduce you to the grape. Pair it with a pulled pork sandwich made with a root beer barbecue sauce. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 1, 2013

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Peza do Rei Godello (2012) - "(70% Godello, 20% Treixadura and 10% Albariño): Pale yellow. Lime, white flowers and honey on the fragrant nose. Mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit flavors show very good clarity and put on weight with air. Closes juicy and long, with resonating floral and mineral notes and a hint of candied ginger. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2012) - "(100% Mencía that was briefly aged in new French oak): Bright purple. Sexy, mineral-laced aromas of dark berries and cherry-cola. Lithe and precise on the palate, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that turn sweeter with air. Finishes tangy and long, with a note of peppery spice. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Peza do Rei Godello (2012) - "This almost clear colored Spanish white blend opens with an Anjou pear and light lemon bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied and nicely balanced. The flavor profile is a mild lime and pear blend with hints of white pepper and minerality. The finish is dry and rather refreshing. This Spanish white wine is food friendly and would pair perfectly with grilled swordfish. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Aug 1, 2013

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Peza do Rei Godello (2011) - "A core of tangy tangerine and lime gives this white a bright, juicy character, grounded by briny and mineral notes. Sleek and crisp, with good focus and a clean finish. Godello, Treixadura and Albariño. Drink now. 300 cases made."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Dec 1, 2012

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Peza do Rei Godello (2011) - "Bright straw.  Aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon and honeysuckle, with a hint of quinine.  Refreshingly bitter and precise, with very good finishing energy and a touch of candied lemon."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2011) - "Bright purple.  Spicy, mineral-accented aromas of cherry pit and cassis, with anise and cracked pepper nuances and a hint of cola.  Juicy, penetrating dark berry flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and gain sweetness with air.  Closes with firm tannic grip and very good clarity, leaving spice and licorice notes behind."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2009) - "Dark ruby.  Dark berries, cola and licorice on the nose and palate, with sexy Asian spice and floral nuances adding complexity.  Juicy and precise, with excellent finishing punch and lingering suggestions of violet and star anise.  I suspect that some purists will be put off by this wine's oak component but I find it extremely complementary to the wine's deep fruit."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "Savory and energetic, with elegant flavors of citrus and melon."


Eric Asimov, The New York Times, May 1, 2012

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "From the Enriquez family's 8 acres above a tributary of the river Sil in the far northwest, this mix of Godello, Treixadura and Albariño is dense and polished. Almond oil, chervil, Padrón pepper and lime curd, with an appealing pungency."


Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 4, 2011

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2009) - "Saturated ruby. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of red and dark berries, licorice and black cardamom. Picks up spice and floral notes with air and shows bright raspberry and blackberry fruit. Zesty acidity adds lift to the finish, which leaves traces of minerals and cracked pepper behind. I really like this wine's vivacity."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "Pale gold. Fresh pear and lemon curd aromas are complemented by notes of chalky minerals and spices. Fresh and precise in the mouth, with good lift and cut to its tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Spreads out nicely on the finish, repeating the pear note and hanging on with good tenacity."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "Bright purple. A complex, aromatic bouquet evokes red and dark berries, cola, mocha and potpourri, with a subtle note of vanilla. Juicy and precise, offering energetic black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and notes of candied violet and licorice. A zesty mineral element adds lift and cut to the very long, sappy finish. I suspect that this wine will age well on its balance."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "The white entry, the 2009 Peza do Rei Blanco is a field blend of Godello, Treixadura, and Albarino. Citrus, melon, honeysuckle, mineral, and nutmeg inform the nose of this smooth-textured, ripe, well-proportioned, lengthy wine. Its firm acid structure will allow it to provide enjoyment for another 4-5 years. It offers outstanding value."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2008) - "The 2008 Peza do Rei Barrica is 100% Mencia that was aged for 12 months in seasoned oak. It displays more obvious oak notes than the Mencia cuvee along with elements of clove, cinnamon, underbrush, and black cherry. It has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will drink well through 2018. "

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2009) - "The 2009 Peza do Rei Mencia, 33% of which was aged in new oak for 3 months, the balance in stainless steel. Earth, minerals, beef blood, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas compose the nose of this supple, ripe, elegant effort meant for drinking over the next 4 years. It is an excellent value."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "Clean, minerally and smooth… The palate is easygoing, while the flavors of peach, pear and apple are boosted by minerality and good acidity. A highly likable, drinkable wine that shows that Galician quality extends beyond Albariño and Rías Baixas. Made from 70% Godello with Treixadura and Albariño. Drink now."

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jul 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "This light yellow colored white blend from Spain opens with a wet stone, mild green melon, and gentle lime bouquet. On the palate, this wine is a tasty mild mineral infused green pear. The finish is dry, elegant, and refreshing. This wine is very versatile and food friendly. I would pair it with grilled halibut stuffed with crab. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jun 5, 2011

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2009) - "This opaque dark purple wine opens with a smoky blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and easy drinking with a slight bit of elevated acidity. The flavor profile is a mild oak infused black cherry with hints of black raspberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are slightly sticky. If you have not tried Mencia yet, give this one a whirl with veal parmigianna. Enjoy."

88 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jun 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "This is one of two red current releases from Peza do Rei, with the other being a 2008 bottling priced at $21. That’s a big price difference, but there’s still little question in my mind that the 2007 “Barrica” bottling is the one to pick, as it shows much more complexity and concentration. The fruit shows impressive density and the flavors of dark cherry are deep and persistent, and yet the wine is really only medium-bodied with moderate ripeness, which will enable it to work well with dishes involving pork or veal or duck as well as heftier fare such as beef or lamb. Generally speaking, whenever a wine’s label makes explicit reference to oak there turns out to be too much of it, but the “Barrica” designation shouldn’t scare you off in this case, as the wood is quite well integrated once the wine has had a chance to breathe for a bit."

92 Points
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Nov 2, 2010

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "An exceptional over-achiever, this wine shows more complexity and character than many offered at twice the price, and is also a standout in its versatility with food. A medium-bodied blend of 70% Godello, 20% Treixadura and 10% Albariño, it shows a wonderful balance of substantial weightiness with acidic definition. Notes recalling stone fruits and ripe apples provide deep, lasting flavors in the midpalate, with citrus notes providing cut and definition in the finish. Subtle but very interesting mineral tinges mark the finish, which is persistent and symmetrical. Complete and convincing in every respect, this is so well balanced that it would be wonderful with all sorts of fish and shellfish dishes."

92 Points
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Oct 26, 2010

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Peza do Rei Godello (2009) - "Greenish gold. Spicy, mineral-accented aromas of lemon curd, lime, talc and white flowers. Racy and citrus-driven on entry, giving way to richer pear and melon in the mid-palate. Pliant and gently spicy on the finish, leaving behind sappy citrus fruits."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "The 2007 Peza do Rei Tinto Barrica spent 11 months in French oak. Purple-colored with aromas of cedar, mineral, earth, and assorted black fruits, in the mouth it is concentrated, voluminous, spicy, and long. It will evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2017."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Peza do Rei Mencía (2008) - "The 2008 Peza do Rei Tinto Mencia was partially barrel aged. Dark ruby-colored, it reveals a perfume of mineral/earth, leather, and raspberry. Sweet, savory, and pleasure-bent on the palate, this is an offering that is an excellent value for drinking over the next 3-4 years."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Peza do Rei Godello (2008) - "Light yellow. Candied lemon peel, beeswax, resin and a honeyed nuance on the floral nose. Fat but firm-edged, with refreshing cut to the pungent citrus and botanical herb flavors. There's a hint of heat on the back end of this rather powerful and uncompromisingly dry wine but aeration brings buffering sweetness and a subtle, seductive melon quality."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "Vivid ruby. Spicy cherry and red- and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by tobacco, smoky minerals and licorice. Taut, juicy and fresh, offering precise bitter cherry and succulent herb flavors, with excellent mineral cut on the back. Impressively elegant and precise wine, with the balance to age."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Peza do Rei Godello (2007) - "The 2007 Peza do Rei Blanco is an unoaked blend of 70% Godello, 20% Treixadura, and 10% Albarino. It exhibits a fragrant bouquet of mineral, floral, citrus, and tropical aromas. Medium-bodied, with baking spice notes emerging on the palate, this concentrated, lengthy wine will drink well for another three years."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 1, 2009

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Peza do Rei Godello (2007) - "Lychee and citrus peel nose with white peach and citrus on the palate; finish of bitter almond and minerals. "Summer in a glass"; nice substitute for Chardonnay. Gougères and shellfish."


Gerry Dawes, Santé Magazine, Sep 1, 2008

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Peza do Rei Godello (2007) - "Pale gold. Dusty citrus and pear aromas are complemented by fresh white flowers and minerals. Light-bodied lemon and underripe pear flavors deliver good flavor punch and clarity, picking up an exotic anise quality on the back end. Clean, racy, fresh wine, with the vivacity to serve by itself or with raw shellfish. This is really persistent."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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