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Our popular mixed cases become especially useful this time of year -- as gifts unto themselves, as a household stash to draw from on your way to events that require wine, or for dinners at home during the busy holiday season (when getting to the wine shop might become a hassle).
This special mixed case contains twelve Spanish wines (7 reds, 3 whites, and 2 sparklers) at an excellent price, selected for their versatility and deliciousness, but also geared toward keeping things interesting and exploring fresh new arrivals from interesting producers, obscure varieties, and new vintages from old favorites. For the wine geek on your gift list, there are pairs of contrasting reds from the same grape: moody Mencías from Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras, stately Tempranillos from Rioja and Toro (where Tempranillo is Tinta de Toro), and fabulous Garnachas from Penedès and Madrid. A trio of captivating, textured whites and two elegant, crowd-pleasing sparklers, as well as the new vintage of Envínate* Albahra (while supplies last) round out the selection. Read on below for more details.
All mixed cases come with tasting notes. Happy holidays! Ariana Rolich
*Please join us tonight, Friday 12/1, 5-7pm for a special tasting with Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente of Envínate!
Aciano is made from winemaker Alvar de Dios' grandfather's own-rooted vineyard of Tinta de Toro planted nearly 100 years ago on pure sandy soils at 700 meters altitude in El Pego, on the southern limit of the Toro DO. Deep brambly aromas with black raspberry, black cherry, baking spice, and balsam flow onto the broad, but focused palate, rich with intense dark fruit, cherry bark, plum vinegar, blood orange, cinnamon, cocoa, rich earth, and long, lilting minerality. Toro is well-represented by the talented Alvar de Dios, particularly in this balanced and special wine. Ariana Rolich
Raventós stepped outside of the Cava appellation in 2012 to create the Conca del Riu Anoia designation, which is committed to prioritizing the area's indigenous varieties, estate fruit, longer elevage, and biodynamic methods. The de Nit rosé was the first Conca wine and continues to sate and impress us with its lively expression of Raventós' calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. Lighter than ever in 2015, a pale rose gold, not quite the color of pale rosé, this is an incredibly versatile sparkler that has crisp, pretty stone fruit and under-ripe raspberry fruit, but is far more mineral-driven than fruity. Ariana Rolich
A friend brought back a bottle of Júlia Bernet Cava from Barcelona 7 or 8 years ago. I still remember the integrity and succulent depth of that wine. After several attempts, I finally managed to visit Xavi Bernet three years ago and have since made his bodega in the tiny hamlet of El Pago a regular stop (where he also sells delicious Catalan cheese, fruits, and rancio). Xavi farms his grandparents' vines and makes a array of delicious, certified organic still wines and Cava, all of which display enormous quality and care. "U" is a new cuvée, bone dry, elegant, and refreshing, from 15-40 year-old Xarello vines. The Cava spends approximately two years on the lees, receiving no dosage and the bare minimum SO2. If Penedès were the object of such intense scrutiny and admiration as Champagne, there is no doubt that Xavi Bernet would be hailed as a grower of top talent and character. Ariana Rolich
Nicolas Marcos comes from a winemaking family in Toro but found himself drawn to the polar opposite, cool, northern coastal region of Cangas in Asturias, where very old vines of Mencía and autochthonous varieties like Carrasquín, Albarín Blanco, Verdejo Tinto, and more cling to steep, rocky slopes of slate and quartz. Farming is biodynamic, winemaking is additive-free, and the wines are pretty darn exciting, with brilliant freshness and depth. Fanfarria Blanco is a blend of Albarín (different from Albariño) and Albillo (not sure which Albillo this is, but we'll find out!), full of green apple and silky citrus, with white flowers, potent minerality, and a creamy, waxen quality that could inspire Chenin lovers to drink Spanish wine. Ariana Rolich
2017 Spanish Holiday Mixed Case* includes a fabulous array of organic, biodynamic, low-SO2 selections at an excellent price, including Alvar de Dios 2015 Toro Aciano, Maisulan 2015 Rioja, Daterra (Laura Lorenzo) 2016 Casas de Enriba, Orly Lumbreras 2015 Vertixe, Orly Lumbreras 2015 Picaron, Ignios 2015 Listan Negro, Urogallo NV Cadario Tinto, Júlia Bernet 2014 Brut Nature Cava "U", Raventós 2015 De Nit Rose, RuBor 2016 Chass!, MicroBio 2016 Rack, Matias i Torres 2015 Listan Blanco Machuqueras. *Items that sell out will be replaced with wines of comparable price and quality.
Envínate is a collaboration between four friends who met at enology school in Alicante and have gone on to make memorable and terroir-expressive wines from special parcels of vines all around Spain: Ribeira Sacra, Canary Islands, Extremadura, and this one from Almansa (just inland and south of Valencia). Made from Garnacha Tintorera from organically farmed vines at 800 meters altitude on chalky, clay-calcareous soils, blended with another vibrant red grape, Moravia Agria (from Manchuela). Wild yeast fermented and raised in large cement vats, Albahra is racy, bright, and light-on-its-feet, with electric blackberry, soft blueberry, and chewy purple fruit skins, with purple flowers, clove, and hints of earthy funk. Outrageously delicious with a light chill and some ribs. Ariana Rolich
Laura Lorenzo is gaining an enthusiastic following for her clawed-from-the-earth Ribeira Sacra wines, which are deep and serious, yet transparent and bright. Casas de Enriba is from the neighboring Valdeorras region, made of Mencía from two south-facing plots of young vines on granitic soil. Flavors are juicy and bright, with dark, silky blackberries and savory, meaty plum fruit, mingled with berry blossoms, graphite, minerals, bitter earth, moss, and flowers. A delicious treat for devotees of Ribeira Sacra Mencía looking to branch out! Ariana Rolich
Orly Lumbreras is based in the Gredos, where he makes some of our best-selling Garnacha wines. In 2015, Orly branched out to explore the staggeringly steep slopes of the Ribeira Sacra, at the invitation of vigneron friends in the region. Foot trod, with 20% stem inclusion, and just 4 months in used barrels, this is a delicious young Ribeira Sacra wine. The sweet smoke, spice, and bramble of Mencía fill the nose; the palate is medium weight and cool, with tingly acidity, dark ripe raspberries, muddled purple and black berries, with rich, licorice-inflected earth. Brooding yet fresh, this is a Mencia for burgers, sausage and peppers, braised pork, and tacos. Only 2 barrels were produced. Ariana Rolich
Picaron is a delicious new value from Orly Lumbreras, our friend in the Gredos (RuBor Viticultores). He said he had always wanted to make a wine from Brunete, the town where he lives, to show the people of the town that the wines do not have to be "hyperalcoholic, of 18 degrees, thick and fleshy." Score for Orly! Picaron has the broad and spicy fruit that we look for in Grenache -- strawberry, cherry, watermelon, raspberry -- buoyed by fresh acidity and savory minerals, with a tickle of young tannin and a bit of reductive funk. Fun and fluid, with good complexity for the price, Picaron is a delight! Ariana Rolich
The first time I tasted Indigena Garnacha, I was quite new to non-French Grenache. I don't recall the vintage, but I vividly recall swooning over its floral black berry aromas, with Mediterranean wisps of lavender and hibiscus. Organic and biodynamically farmed vines planted at over 600m altitude on loam and gypsum soils contribute freshness and cut; the fruit is deep but delicate, rich without being dense, with mouth-filling purple berry fruit, violet florals, and spice, with just a hint of creamy oak. Elegant for the price and a different expression of Garnacha for lovers of the grape. Ariana Rolich
Maisulan is 100% Tempranillo from organically and biodynamically farmed vineyards around the village of El Villar in the Rioja Alavesa. Aromas of dusty purple berries and plums, rose hips, and tendrils of sweet smoke combine on the dense, full-flavored palate of wild cherry, dense boysenberry and raspberry, with red apple skins, spicy cinnamon, gritty tannins, and a long finish of savory and smoky earth. Affordable and versatile. Ariana Rolich
Fedellos de Couto (the "brats" of Couto) are producing transparent wines from organically farmed vines that resonate with life and texture, in the vein of other Ribeira Sacra favorites like Silice, Envinate, and Laura Lorenzo. Conasbrancas is a blend of Doña Blanca, Godello, Albariño, Treixadura, Lado, and Torrontes from 60-80 year-old vines on decomposed granite, schist, and sand in the Bibei Valley of Ribeira Sacra. Aromas are brisk and citrusy, with honey-lemon, apricot, minerals, and rainwater. Some contact with the skins provides texture and a touch of tannin, while flavors of tangerine, crisp white peach, cut green herbs, and gritty mineral earth soak the palate. A fabulous choice for Albariño lovers who want to change up their white wine for aperitifs or seafood. Ariana Rolich
Ismael Gozalo of MicroBio is a force of nature. His importer's amusing introduction to his wine is, "Welcome to the República Independiente del Verdejo under President Ismael Gozalo." Ismael's range is dizzying, while his production is tiny, all wines joined by uncompromising standards and depth of experience with the Verdejo grape. La Banda del Argilico is named for the important moisture-retaining bands of clay in his sandy vineyards of old, own-rooted Verdejo. Every wine from Ismael feels like a new experience of Verdejo. This one is silky and medium-bodied, with Verdejo's blazing natural acidity, phenolic intensity, and mineral complexity. Pillowy citrus and citrus oils, grapefruit pith, lemon balm, and kaffir lime matched by rugged, earthy minerality. Ariana Rolich