Envinate, Albahra 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) and Moravia Agria
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.
Albahra is the Castilian name for "small sea, and named for the vineyard area it hails from at the southeastern tip of Castilla La Mancha. Vines here are 30-50 years in age; both the Garnacha and Moravia come from single parcels here. The Garnacha is foot-trodden in large vats with stem inclusion, then aged in concrete for 8 months. Alternatively, the Moravia Agria is completely destemmed and then will age on its fine lees for 8 months in large French barriques. It is bottled with little else done to the product, except for a small amount of sulfur. This is a special Mediterranean bottle meant to go with similar styles of cuisine, especially the meats and seafood of the area.