4 Monos, Vinos de Madrid "GR 10" Tinto 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Garnacha, Carignan, and Syrah
4 Monos means “4 monkeys” and refers to four friends and lovers of wine native to the region of Madrid. This “gang of four” assembled in an extraordinary manner, while hiking in the Gredos mountains. This is a landscape that is a meeting of Mediterranean and Alpine; the region is often deemed magical for its beauty and diversity. The 4 Monos, with various backgrounds, have a unified mentality: organic wine practice, minimalism in the cellar, a focus on the land and variances in terroir. While the friends only founded 4 Monos in 2009, they are bringing the potential of the Gredos terroir to the world’s attention.
The GR-10 is named after one of the most famous walking trails of the Iberian Peninsula, linking Lisbon to Valencia. As the 4 Monos met while hiking, it is only natural they named their wine for a trail. This is a village level wine with the vineyards sourced from Cadalso de los Vidrios, San Martín de Valdeiglesias, and Cenicientos, a true Vinos de Madrid. The grapes are half whole cluster and half destemmed (different from their other wines which are all whole cluster fermented). The wine is then aged in neutral barrels of various sizes for nine months before release.
Alfredo Maestro, El Rey del Glam 2020Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Alfredo Maestro’s family came to Peñafiel from the Basque Country. Having grown up amongst the vines, he had a great interest in wine and started making his own from an early age. From the beginning, he farmed organically, yet in the cellar he worked literally by the book, teaching himself enology from a textbook, using all the tricks to make a “correct” wine of Ribera del Duero. He would use cultured yeasts, tannins, color enhancers, etc. It took some time, but Alfredo eventually had a revelation—as an organic farmer, why would he use chemicals to adjust the finished wine? It made the most sense for his cellar work to match the integrity which he used in the vineyard—so he did just that. He began eliminating unnecessary products and additives. By 2003 he was making wine without additives whatsoever, including sulfur.
The bottle name means "The King of Glam!" This is Garnacha harvested from two different plots, one in the Gredos mountains and the other in Ribera del Duero. The winemaking included both whole cluster fermentation and carbonic maceration. Due to its ageing in vats and low sulfur addition, this Garnacha is meant to be consumed immediately.
Alta Alella, GX 2021Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
The family behind Alta Alella has spent their entire life dedicated to wine; that would be husband and wife Josef and Cristina along and their two daughters. They have always been surrounded by vineyards and bottles; so it is only natural! There is a complete commitment to nature, yet desire to keep with trends. Though the winery is young, the family continually push themselves to learn new things with each vintage. The wines have very low intervention-no added sulfites and little is done to the wines after their grapes have been pressed.
The family enjoys a little wit with their branding as well; the “GX” on this bottling is short for Garnatxa (aka Grenache or Garnacha).
Clos Figueras, Priorat "Serras del Priorat" 2020Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
The year was 1997. A world-renowned winemaker had just shown Christopher Cannan and his wife, Charlotte, an abandoned vineyard just north of the Gratallops called “Figueres.” That same day, the entire Cannan family piled into their car and followed the winemaker, post-haste, to Barcelona. At a simple café, the Cannan’s purchased the 100-hectare estate. Initially, the terrain of the previously abandoned vineyards had to be prepared for planting. (A nearby grove of century-old olive trees needed to be re-worked as well.) Both undertakings were just the beginning of what would become the Cannan family’s quest. They traveled extensively in their spare time to work under some of the best winemakers in the world. Today, their combination of passion for the property and skill in the cellar sets these wines above the rest.
The Serras del Priorat is a younger expression of the Priorat style with a fresh fruitness; the wine is ready to drink, though has age potential for another ten years. This is a fine introduction to Priorat and the rest of Christopher Cannan’s wines.
El Espectacle de Montsant, Montsant 2014Regular price $150.00 Save $-150.00
This is a very special project of some of the biggest talent from Spain coming together in the region of Montsant. Those names are René and Isabelle Barbier of Clos Mogador, Fernando and Marta Zamora, and Charlotte and Christopher Cannan of Clos Figueras. Their project is straightforward; harvesting Grenache from an insanely steep two hectare vineyard with vines over 100 years old located in the commune of La Figuera. The team collaborates in the vineyards and in the cellar.
After careful tending, the Grenache is destemmed. The grapes ferment for 30 days in a single large French oak barrel, then will continue to age in the same vessel for another 14-16 months. This has depth and richness while maintaining fruit and spice.
Tentenublo, Olivan-Ruiz, 'Custero' Rioja 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Garnacha Blend (Tempranillo, Cañagraño, Garnacha Gris, Graciano, Monastrell)
Tentenublo is the name given to the ringing of bells aimed at fighting off hailstorms in some Rioja villages. Working organically, using native yeast fermentation, and limited sulphur, winemaker Roberto applies Rioja’s long established custom of barrel aging working mainly with French oak to craft wines of substance and character. The property of Tentenublo, despite its small size, is described as a collection of several distinct microclimates. The vines are spread throughout 22 parcels in the foothills of the Cantabria mountains. The estate is planted mainly to the classic red and white Rioja varieties including Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura. Each site is influenced to some extent by the Ebro River, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Custero is a family project from the mind of Roberto Oliván and his wife Leyre Ruiz (of Tentenublo) that comes from its own single vineyard in the village of Viñaspre in Rioja Alavesa. It’s made in the classic style of the old Rioja wines—a low viticulture intervention and blended with the traditional red and white varieties. Fermentation happens in open barrels where no yeasts are added.
Vina Zorzal, Malayeto 2018Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
Antonio Sanz began making his own wines in Navarra in 1989. After 2007, his sons then joined him in winemaking where they continue their father’s quest for making good wine starting in the vineyard. In their work, they create wines from local grape varieties that have almost been forgotten. The family is actually recognized for their work in bringing the Graciano variety back to life. While their focus was on the region of Navarra up until 2014, they began to bring on other vineyard sites from the DOC Rioja.
This Garnacha is one of the single vineyard, terroir-driven sites from Zorzal coming from Navarra. The vines are 35 years in age coming from a high altitude of over 520 meters. The Garnacha has undergone an early harvest and spent nine months in two-year-old French oak.