Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez, Ultreia Saint Jacques Bierzo 2017Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
In the world of minimal-intervention wines, Raul Perez is a kind of monk. Winnowing his vineyard with ascetic care and love, he is fond of saying that he watches the birds over his vines while selecting which to harvest, since the birds “know which grapes are tastier.” Ultreia, an ancient greeting, means “We go on” and what a perfect name for this wine grower whose beard is as long as his experience making incredible wine, who seems to have perfected the complicated art of constantly moving forward without ever leaving any place he has stood. The 2017 Ultreia Saint Jacques is a field blend of Bierzo’s famed Mencia, Alicante Bousquet and a variety of white grapes, fermented with stems and with no added sulphites. Blue and red fruits abound with a little velvety tannin and herbal flutter on the finish.
Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez, Ultreia Bierzo 2016Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Luis Gutiérrez, famed wine Critic in Spain, says of him that “Raúl is a free spirit, he does and doesn’t do, he goes from place to place, he doesn’t stop inventing, he doesn’t stop creating, he doesn’t stop tasting, he changes and changes again and again…”
The living legend that is Raúl Pérez hails from the northwestern corner of Spain in the small region of Bierzo, and this is where is has chosen to center his first personal project after many, many collaborations. The project, Ultreia, takes its name from a greeting that pilgrims used as they passed through the area on the Camino del Santiago - it means “we go further” and signifies the ever-evolving nature of Raúl’s winemaking philosophy. He champions local grapes, and the farmers that grow them. He values a natural process in making wine, allowing the earth, sun, and vines lead the way.
Based on the local Mencia grape, this wine is ethereal and elegant. Grab a bottle and drink now, or better yet, get a couple and stow some away to enjoy in a few years
Guimaro, Tinto 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Pedro Rodriguez, the current generation at Guimaro is truly the rebel that the winery is named after. The almost vertical vineyards have forced him to become part winemaker, part mountain climber. Pedro took over the family estate known for making some of the best wine in the small town that was only sold and consumed at the local cantinas. Pedro has moved them into a new direction though, growing some of the best Mencia in the Ribera Sacra. He has converted the winery to much smaller crops, organic certification, and truly sustainable agriculture.
DaTerra Viticultores, Portela do Vento 2018Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Laura Lorenzo was the winemaker and viticulturist at an established Ribeira Sacra estate for close to a decade. In 2014, she struck out on her own with her project Daterra Viticultores, and now works about 4.5 hectares organically in the Val do Bibei-Quiroga subzone of Ribeira Sacra, and with this wine she extends her reach into Valdeorras to the southeast with the 2015 vintage. Through her meticulous work in the vineyard, Laura’s goal is to cultivate life in her soils that were once damaged by industrial viticulture, and to bring harmony to her vineyards and grapes. In the winery, Laura lets the grapes speak for themselves - fermenting with wild yeasts, utilizing older wooden casks for fermentation and elevage, and adding only small amounts of SO2 during the winemaking process, with no clarification, filtration, or adjustments to the wines.
Portela do Vento comes from several south-facing parcels of Mencía and Garnacha Tintorera in the Amandi and Val do Bibei subzones. The grapes were harvested by hand in late September, 80% destemmed and fermented with wild yeasts in steel vats, and raised for 9 months in used 500 liter French barrels. This is Laura’s “glou-glou” wine that she loves to share with her American friends. Fresh and easy-drinking, it is very versatile with a wide variety of foods...or straight from the porrón!