Bodegas Akutain, Cosecha 2016Regular price $22.00 Save $-22.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Garnacha
Four decades of history have created an incredible wine that is still very much an underdog in a region dominated by big names. Juan Peñagaricano Akutain was an engineer in the Basque region, working more on the wine equipment than the wine itself. However, with many tastings and learning from many of the wineries that put Rioja as a wine region on the map, Juan decided to plant his own vineyards in 1975. His desire was to work only with his own fruit and to control every step of the farming and winemaking. He purchased a horse and strived to make wines in the traditional style of the famed wine houses of the region. Less than 20 acres of vines means the estate is manageable. Juan's son has now taken over the day-to-day operations.
DaTerra Viticultores, Camino de la Frontera 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.
Camino de la Frontera Tinto comes from an ancient, northwest-facing vineyard in the Parque Natural de Los Arribes del Duero, owned & cultivated by Angel Mayor, and planted with mostly Juan Garcia & Tinta Madrid balanced by other indigenous varieties. The grapes were harvested by hand on September 14th, wild yeast fermented 50% whole-cluster and 50% destemmed in used 500L French oak barrels with 13 days of skin maceration, and then raised in the same barrels for 10 months. This is a red wine of both elegance and rusticity, with a floral nose, soft tannins and bright acidity
Enfield Wine Company, Pretty Horses 2015Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Graciano
Enfield Wine Co. is the passion project of John Lockwood and his wife Amy Seese. Founded in 2010, the project is very young, but despite that has recently started to gain attention nationwide. I first started to taste with John in 2013 and have been championing the honest wines ever since. These are truly some of my favorites from California. John only uses native yeast and the wine is never filtered or cold stabilized. John’s passion is contagious and I’m thrilled to pass it along to you.
Winemaking: Both lots were co-fermented with 5% Graciano for brightness and acidity. The bunches were partially de-stemmed into an open top fermenter where the grapes were gently foot tread and punched down 1-2 times a day during a native yeast fermentation. The wine was aged for 14 months in neutral oak barrels including approximately 20% American Oak.
Lopez de Heredia, Vina Cubillo Crianza 2010Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
This winery stands wreathed in a mist of legend. Their wines are not easy to get, and almost impossible to forget. Most devotees will tell you if you can get your hands on their wines, don’t hesitate. Since 1890 – a period spanning one hundred and thirty vintages- they have only declared twenty Gran Reserva vintages. The Vina Cubillo is a Crianza from, speaking of legends, the 2010 vintage, but this Crianza will outperform Gran Reservas from a great deal of other producers.
Primarily Tempranillo with Grenache, Mazuelo and Graciano topping off the cuvee, this luscious wine offers red fruit in abundance that quickly translates in a cedar and spice savoriness. The finish is superb and seems to keep going…