Envínate (aka wine-yourself) is the brainchild of Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente, four friends who met while studying oenology at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante. Their work is currently focused in exploring the ancient, Atlantic-infused terruños of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands. Their philosophy is simple: let each single parcel fully express itself by utilizing old-fashioned farming and wine-making methods. Right now there are four different projects under the Envínate umbrella: Lousas in Ribeira Sacra, Taganan in Tenerife, T. Amarela in Extremadura and Albahra in Almansa.
Lousas Vino de Aldea is a blend of Mencia and local grapes from different south-facing vineyards averaging 60 years at an altitude between 400-600m, foot-stomped and fermented with 40% whole-clusters in an open small vat, then aged in 500 litre oak barrels.
This is pale purple. The nose offers fresh & ripe black cherry and blackberry, along with the lifted herbal fragrance of stems and hints of smoke - you can almost see the slate soils when tasting this!; medium-bodied on the palate this is pure and rounded with fine & classy tannins. Pretty, perfumed and at just the right amount of intensity. This has been a favourite for some vintages, and the current vintage is a more perfumed, delicate Lousas.