Envinate, Lousas Vinas de Aldea 2021Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Envínate (Wine Yourself) has turned into a unicorn winery, producing wines people talk and read about but never can find or buy. The gang of four friends behind these bottles met while studying enology in Alicante, Spain. After graduating, they formed a wine consulting business to find lost, old vineyards and indigenous grapes and start producing wines from these sites and grapes. The aim has been no chemicals, handwork, and indigenous yeast only. The end product has been incredible and the sommelier world has latched on. Now the wines are in high demand but very little is produced.
Viñas de Aldea means “village wine,” differentiating this wine from Envinate’s single vineyard bottlings. The bottle is also named for the slate soil “Lousa” prevalent in Ribeira Sacra. The wine is made with whole cluster fermentation and aged in French oak barrels for eleven months. This Mencia is fresh and elegant oozing with peppery notes.
Clos Figueras, Font De La Figuera Priorat Tinto 2020Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
“Font de la Figuera” means fig tree fountain in the Catalan language, as can be seen on the label. The blend is classic to what the region of Priorat does well. All the fruit is destemmed except for some of the Syrah. The wine goes on to age for 12 months in French oak.
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.
Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Unico 2007Regular price $450.00 Save $-450.00
Variety: Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon
Every region in Spain produces wine. And while Rioja is its most famous region made from Tempranillo, which may be just as famous, it was the smaller region of Ribera del Duero that made it famous first. If it wasn’t for Vega Sicilia’s recognition of both the 1917 and 1918 vintages at the 1929 World Fair in Barcelona, the reputation of these wines wouldn’t quite be what they are now. Using Tempranillo, then known as a “country wine,” it was then blended with the fruit from Bordeaux vine cuttings. After 1982, the purchase of the Bodega by the Alvarez family shifted the winery towards a modernized hand as well as a welcomed international reputation. Vega Sicilia makes two wines—Unico and the multi-vintage Reserva Especial. Typically the wines are not released until they are ten years old, becoming increasingly difficult to find with each passing year.
The Unico bottles famously undergo a lengthy aging process, ten years being the typical window. 2007 was a colder vintage, thus making a wine more elegant than others, yet still structured. Tempranillo always makes up most of the blend here with Cabernet Sauvignon making up the rest.