SPAIN SPAIN SPAIN
Focus: United Cellars
Spain has been our main focus this month starting with our Wine Wednesday tasting with Martin, a cool guy who represents some stellar “new” spanish wines, and then our *sold out* Wine Dinner which also features all Spanish wines. Martin’s portfolio is akin to all natural wines that incorporate all organic practices, include funky grape varietals, and mirror a very fresh style which is everything Cru is about. As much as I love these wines I wanted to give our customers a break from all our “weird” wine and highlight the traditional stuff that is also coming out of Spain while maintaining our loyalty to boutique wineries. Romain, the star of this month’s show works for a teeny tiny importer known as United Cellars. The philosophy behind United is to find those limited production, family wineries that are passionate and innovative. Most importantly they want to present one of the things Spain does best….WINE.
Pago de los Capellanes-Joven Roble: Tempranillo
Ribera del Duero has a unique terroir due to its location on the northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula where the smooth basin is mostly covered by tertiary sediments, particularly the marl, limestone, and chalky deposits. The vines planted here by Benedictine monks date back to the 12th Century and still stand on their own rootstock today. Time and geography all work in the estate’s favor and showcase the wines distinctive structure and finesse. The Joven Roble is wide and bright on the palate with a velvety texture, wild berry and floral notes on the nose and the finish is lively and long. 91 points by Robert Parker!
Pago Florentino-Vino de Pago: Tempranillo
We’re giving you Tempranillo two ways this month. Pago de las Capellanes was a fresher take on Tempranillo and now you have a more masculine style by Arzuaga Navarro. Vino de Pago is actually the classification of the wine that has much stricter quality requirements for designation than the regular D.O., or D.O.C. that applies to an entire region. Pago Florentino is one of only thirteen vino de pagos in Spain. This is the highest category on the quality scale of Spanish wines and means that in addition to having a proven track record of consistent quality, they must adhere to organic practices that make it different from other wines produced in the zone. In the glass you will see the properties all come together in a harmonious blend of red fruits, oak, spice and delicious texture.
Adega Arousa-Pazo da Boucina: Albarino
If you are a Florida resident and have not tried Albarino then this is your lucky day. It is THE summer white wine. Crisp, energetic, citrus driven, just what you want on all our hot, humid days, not to mention with seafood! Albarino is native to Rias Baixas, a fairly new wine-growing region that did not get its Spanish wine designation until the 1980’s. As we know now, Monks loved their wine so they actually planted Albarino in the 12th century in Rias Baixas.The Pazo da Boucina comes from a small single vineyard site with forty year old vines. The fermentation is completed in all stainless steel tanks with occasional lees stirring for added texture. Intense nose full of mineral maritime character, ample palate, with a finish full of acidity! Pop the bottle and enjoy this unique varietal, it might replace your Sauvignon Blanc cravings!