Hild, Elbling Sekt Brut NVRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
When you think about the Upper Mosel forget everything you think you know about it. In the Upper Mosel you won’t find any slate and you won’t find any Riesling. Matthias Hild is bucking the trends. Matthias Hild is pushing the envelope. He operates at his own pace and by his own terms. He marches to the beat of his own drum. Conventional wisdom would say he’s crazy for trying to single-handedly save the old, terraced parcels of Elbling, but its so charming. The returns on an investment like this are so slim they make no business sense, but its moves like this that make winemakers like Hild so intriguing.
This is Elbling, the grape of the Upper Mosel coupled with limestone and screaming with acidity, in a rather good way. The juice undergoes malolactic fermentation to give the wine some roundness. It then spends 9-18 months on the lees, with a bit of dosage (sugar) added, then it is disgorged just as a Champagne would be. An Upper Mosel Champagne method sparkler!
Alta Alella, Mirgin Cava Rose Reserva Brut Nature 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Mataro (Monastrell)
The family behind Alta Alella has spent their entire life dedicated to wine; that would be husband and wife duo Josef and Cristina. They’ve 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 are very low intervention with no added sulfites; little is done to the wines after the grapes have been pressed. Regardless of their decision to start their own trends, the dynamic winemaking couple are making great strides in Barcelona.
The Mirgin rosé is done in a Reserva style, aged for 15 months on its lees to create richness. Alta Alellas’s Cavas are rivaling champagne not only in quality, but at a staggering value.