Alberto Nanclares, Albarino Dandelion 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
If you were ever hoping for a story of an accidental winemaker, hang tight. Alberto Nanclares and his wife uprooted from their home in the Basque country to the ocean side village of Castrelo. The small home they purchased incidentally came with some vineyards. While Alberto initially had no plans to make wine, the thought of farming nagged at him, and so, a winemaker was born. He invested in winemaking tools, eventually setting up shop in his garage. Conventional farming then turned into organic and biodynamic, an impressive feat for a region prone to viticultural difficulties, even using seaweed from the nearby Atlantic for composting. Alberto is making incredible grower Albariño, as well as Garnacha, Mencia, and other local varieties at incredible value.
As seen on this label, the vines are grown under the pergola method. The climate is so cool and humid with its position near the ocean; the pruning allows for airflow and exposure to sunshine. The vines are 25-45 years old, growing on the granite rocks directly above the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike other growers in the region, Alberto chooses not to add potassium to the wine in order to soften acidity, instead choosing to celebrate it.
Carboniste, Extra Brut Albarino Gomes Vineyard 2020Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Of all the producers coming out of California, new and old, Carboniste may have the freshest perspective. Yes, they are making sparkling, but completely letting the warm California climate take the lead. There is no influence of Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava in sight. The project is run by Dan and Jacqueline Person, who after meeting at UC Davis, worked all over the world before reconvening on this project. While Dan does have his work for Schramberg under his belt, he insists on reimagining sparkling wine inspired by the California state of mind.
This Albariño’s story is actually very personal. The Gomes family has been farming the vineyard of the same name since the 19th century when they originally traveled over from Portugal. In their homeland, Albariño is grown near the coast, and it wouldn’t be completely wild for it to be drunk with octopus. The wine is fermented in tank with a small amount of dosage added.