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Ulacia, Txakoli de Getaria Rose 2022Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Hondarrabi Beltza and Hondarrabi Zuri
Julian and Maia Ulacia’s small winery near the small fishing village of Getaria makes a mere 6000 cases of wine annually. Getaria is part of the Basque region, home to one of the most exciting wine and food scenes in all of Spain It is located a stone’s throw away from the coast and the French border. The wines here go perfectly with the local seafood. Even though much of Spain is known for its warmer climate wines, the Basque region is definitively cooler. The presentation of Ulacia’s Txacoli wine is an art here; the bartenders do what’s called the “high pour,” an effort to give these light zippy wines an added effervescent and foamy mouthfeel.
The Hondarrabi Beltza grapes come from 40 to 50 year old vines. Since this is a rose completed by blending both white and red grapes together, the grapes go through unique treatments. The reds undergo a three hour maceration while the white juice is added later to ferment together. It’s bottled just three months after harvest. Hondarrabi Beltza is said to be descended from Cabernet Franc; you can taste the distinctive green pepper notes in this so often associated with that variety.
Alfredo Maestro, Amanda Rosado 2020Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Variety: Garnache Tintorerea
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.
This style of rose actually means “teardrop pink” in Spanish. The fruit comes from high elevation vineyards in the Ribero del Duero area of Castilla y Leon. The majority of the grapes come from old vineyards planted in calcareous-clay soils.The fruit is completely destemmed and does not undergo any maceration on the skins. The ageing process is completed between both stainless steel and used French oak.
Succes Vinicola, 'Patxanga' Rose 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
This winemaking tale happens in the small appellation of Conca de Barbera, located just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean in the region of Catalunya. A couple that was brought together by their love of wine. Initially the project was facilitated by “Viver de Celleristes,” a winemaking facility that allowed young entrepreneurs space to create their wines. They eventually moved to a more permanent winemaking residence in a garagiste winery. With them being so new to the Conco de Barbera appellation, other local growers assumed the couple did not know what they were doing as they were using organic methods. Mariona and Albert take part in all the work together. The wines are made in a natural manner, which is progressively becoming more and more of a focus in The New Spain.
Trepat is not widely known, though if you’ve ever enjoyed a Cava rosé, you probably enjoyed this core grape variety from northeastern Spain. Succes saw the potential in this lighter-toned red as a wine that didn’t need to be sparkling. “Patxanga” is not only a football street game, but also a type of music played during local festivals in Penedes; clearly the wine is meant for summer!