4 Monos, "Cien Lanzas" 2018Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Garnacha, Carignan, and Garnacha Blanca
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 name of this bottle means, “one hundred ashen spears,” from the village of the same name, “Cenicientos.” The blend is old vine Grenache with small amounts of Carignan and Grenache Blanc. This is a well-made village wine from high elevation vineyards. The wine undergoes a typical 4 Monos treatment of whole cluster fermentation and then ages in neutral oak for one year.
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.