Congratulations La Movida!

A few weeks ago, we were publishing our tasting notes about La Movida, a delicious Garnacha from Cebreros, and an unknown but promising project carried by Guillermo and Carlos Arenas.

Now, owing to 95 points awarded by Wine Advocate, La Movida is in fashion, and I am proud to agree with Mr. Neal Martin and reproduce here this deserved tasting notes:

The only wine that I have tasted from Bodega Maldivinas is the pure Garnacha – and it is absolutely stunning. The bodega was established in 2006 by Guillermo and Carlos Arenas in Cebreros (Avila). The 2009 La Movida is a 100% Garnacha between 60 and 80 years old from four parcels that total 4 hectares located at between 850 and 900 meters altitude, on schist and granite soils. The vines are farmed organically, the wine sees no new oak, and is bottled unfiltered. If you love Garnacha you will instantly adore the bouquet that soars from the glass with unashamed glee: ripe dark cherries, boysenberry, dill and a touch of wild fennel. It has great definition and style. It is blessed with a soft, caressing entry on the mouth that suckers you into thinking this is a tame little wine until a wave of pure, succulent earthy dark fruit crashes over the senses. Yet it remains perfectly in balance with no sense of the wine becoming overbearing on the finish. On the contrary, it is very elegant. This is one of the finest Garnachas that I have tasted from Spain (thus far). Drink 2013-2020+. WINE ADVOCATE

Congratulations Carlos and Guillermo


Goliardo Caiño 2008

Producer: Forjas del Salnés
Wine Name: Goliardo Caiño
Type: Red
Wine Region/ Appellation Rías Baixas
Vintage: 2008
Grape varieties: 100% Caiño Tinto
Alcohol: 12,5 %
Guide Price: 25 €

Our Rating: +++++++ (7)

About the area

See previous post about Rías Baixas.

About the wine

The Caiño Tinto grape is a dark-skinned variety rescued from extinctionby a few vignerons. Rodrigo Méndez (with Raúl Perez support) was the first to re-discover this grape in the Rias Baixas area. The Caiño Tinto is primarily grown in Galicia, mostly in the Rias Baixas and Ribeiro areas, where, traditionally, was used in red wine blends that ranged from delicate and perfumed to medium-bodied and very sour.

In Portugal, Caiño Tinto is known as Borraçal and is used as a blending agent in the Vinho Verde red wines.

Vines are up to 40 years old, surrounded by eucalyptus trees over sand and granite soilgrow very close to the Atlantic sea, which takes the form of estuaries along the Galician coast in what is known as “Rías”.  Must is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Then the wine is aged 12 months in 500 Litre 5-year-old French oak cask.

My friend  and great sommelier Xoan Cannas (Golden nose 2004 in Spain) said about this wine: “Raúl Pérez and Rodrigo Méndez have given a new lease of life to Galicia’s native Caíño variety, helping the DO Rías Baixas reinvent itself with wines like this one”. 


Deep red hue with a light-red rim.

Intense and brave nose from the start. Acid redcurrant, amazing eucalyptus, swell, heavy sea, laurel, chalk at the deep end. 

Crunchy wine in the mouth, tight, savage acidity. Absolutely fresh and easy to drink. Dry, barely perceptible alcohol. Subtle tannins, like sand. The red fruit comes back vibrant. Very long and pleasant. A tribute to the area where it comes from, with its strong sea-side connection. Perfectly described by the memorable tagline “Tintos de Mar” (Seaside red wines).   .

Simply delicious. Freshness and terroir, all that I love in a wine.

Will be great with galician soft cheese, “Cocido Gallego” (boiled pork and vegetables), a bean stew (such as “Fabada”), or on its own with good conversation.