Eulogio Pomares is one of the geniuses of Galician winemaking. He is best known for his family's Zarate estate in Salnés, where he crafts some of the region's most coveted wines. Excited to work with vineyards outside of the family estate and Rías Baixas, Eulogio and his wife Rebeca started Fento, where they work with vineyards around Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, and beyond.
Fento Bico da Ran 2019
100% Albariño from coastal vineyards in Salnés (sub-DO of Rías Baixas, and its most classic), no more than a mile from the ria (ocean inlets for which Rías Baixas is named). Vine age is around 40 years.
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation. In most years the wine does not undergo any malolactic, but Eulogio will allow for a little malolactic fermentation if needed to flesh out the wine. Low SO2 at bottling.
Production: 3,300 cases
Fento Xabre Mencía 2017
90% Mencía, 5% Sousón, 3% Mouratón (Juan Garcia), and 2% Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouchet) from 15-80 year-old vines.
Winemaking: 100% destemmed “to reflect the fragrance of the fruit”. 2-day cold soak followed by spontaneous fermentation in open top, 2000L foudre. 20 days maceration. Aged first in used, 500L puncheons for 10 months, followed by blending into 4500L foudre, where it spends 6 months. Bottled unfined/unfiltered, where it is held for a minimum of 6 months prior to release.
Production: 375 cases
Eulogio Pomares Penapedre 2017
64% Mencia/21% Garnacha Tintorera & Unidentified Reds/14% Jaen Blanco (Palomino Fino) from the Penapedre vineyard in Ribeira Sacra. Some of the vines are 150 years old .
Winemaking: Harvest is by hand and an initial sorting and selection of grapes takes place in the vineyard. Whole berries undergo a gentle foot treading to extract must in an open chestnut foudre (100% stem inclusion). Fermentation starts spontaneously with natural yeasts. The wine stays in contact with the solids for 2 weeks after initial fermentation has finished and is left to age for 12 months in old French oak barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Production: Only 2,014 bottles!
RP93 - Eulogio Pomares Fento Xabre Mencia 2017
Reviewed by: Luis Gutiérrez
Issue Date: May 14, 2020
The stylish, balanced and nicely crafted 2017 Xabre fits the quiet personality of Pomares - sleek, polished and balanced. It's medium-bodied, has very fine tannins and integrated acidity and feels seamless, elegant and nuanced, tender and subtle rather than rustic and explosive. It's delicious, really pleasant and tasty. Drink 2020-2025.
RP91 - Eulogio Pomares Penapedre Mencia Blend 2017
Reviewed by: Luis Gutiérrez
Issue Date: February 28, 2019
A red blend from the Ribeira Sacra zone, the 2017 Penapedre fermented in a 2,000-liter open-top chestnut vat and matured in 500-liter used barrique. 2017 was a very dry and concentrated year. They used some full clusters. It has a wild character, with some rusticity, and it feels quite tannic. It's a bit challenging, perhaps time in bottle might soften it. 1,300 bottles were filled in June 2018.