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Cesar Florido NV Chipiona Fino 375ml

Grower sherry! One of two producers in the town of Chipiona (close to Sanlucar) who does not belong to the cooperative, Cesar Florido makes such delicious Fino Sherry that marries the generous (okay -- relatively generous -- it's Sherry, afterall) fruit of a fruitier Fino such as Gutierrez Colosia's Elcano with the smoky, flor-y salinity of a more rustic Fino such as Valdespino's Innocente. A new favorite, this is the perfect choice for your Fino needs: green olives, Spanish sheep's milk cheese, etc... -msb

  • white flor
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 8 in stock
  • $10.99

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Alto Landon 2020 Manchuela Mil Historias Amber Wine

This blend from Manchuela is mostly Garnacha Blanca (Grenache Blanc) with a "splash" of Muscat. Even a splash is enough to lend subtle floral/perfumed aromatics, but thankfully it is not overly aromatic. On the palate, it is all stone fruit, between light and medium bodied for a white, with fresh acidity and nice cut. The skins are left to macerate with the juice during fermentation, for about 2 weeks. Technically an "Amber Wine," as it states on the label, this is on the lighter side of the orange wine spectrum, with nice dry texture fromt the skin contact. Perfect for Summer, and though it is snappy, it also has a bit of character so will still satisfy the poolside wine enthusiast.  -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Benito Santos 2021 Rias Baixas Albariño Saiar

Saiar is a certified organic vineyard of Albariño grown on granitic soils, named for the ancient church next to the vineyard. This wine is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tank and rests on the lees for a few months before bottling. Saiar shows intense aromas of citrus zest, jasmine tea, and orange blossoms and a dry, focused, mineral-driven palate. A classic with oysters and a stellar apéritif!

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Bodegas Cota 45 2017 Ube de Uberrima Maina

Cota 45 is an exciting project of still and fortified wines from near Jerez. The Maina is a breathtaking Palomino, certainly one of the best unfortified Palominos we've ever tasted. The plot is a bit more inland than the Miraflores vineyards, and higher elevation, with denser soils. The result is grapes with thicker skins, and a wine that is denser and deeper, with a long subtly nutty finish. A beautiful, slightly oxidative wine that expresses the bleached white soils and heat of Southern Spain.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Bohigas 2020 Catalunya Xarel-lo

The Bohigas family are long-time farmers and winemakers in Catalunya, farming organically and producing sparkling and still wines from the local grape varieties . This still white wine is a great, affordable introduction to one of the most interesting white varieties in Spain: Xarel-lo. Xarel-lo is the most important white grape in the production of Cava and other sparkling wines in Catalunya, and a great grape variety for producing crisp and mineral still wines. The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel before bottling: it is bright, crisp and mineral with notes of salty stone and citrus. A new daily drinker, perfect for  lighter food or just drinking on its own.

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Can Majoral 2019 Pla i Llevant - Mallorca Butibalausi Negre

Can Majoral was the first certified organic estate in Mallorca, and they are among a small group of winemakers who are passionate about preserving local varieties. This medium-full bodied red is primarily made from the Callet grape, which is indigenous to Mallorca (it's possibly a cross between two other indigenous grapes, but the DNA is unique). The rest of the wine is filled out with Syrah, Tempranillo and Montanegro. Though I usually prefer fresh light bodied reds, there are times when the mood calls for something a bit more supple and generous, with black fruit and richness. Butibalausi delivers just that, and with so much elegance and finesse! The tannins are very integrated and subtle, making this a very easy wine to drink, even though it is ripe and full bodied.  Black berries, leather, soil... highly recommended!  -EL

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Casa Aurora (Germán Blanco) 2018 Albares Vino de Parcela Valle del Rio

Germán Blanco spent three years restoring this .5 hectare site, planted mainly to 40-100 year-old Garnacha Tintorera and Palomino (with small amounts of Mencia, Garnacha, and Godello) on iron-rich red clay and stony soils situated at 820 meters on a south-facing slope rising above the valley floor. Valle del Rio 2014 is a luxurious single vineyard expression calling forth the image of fresh mountain herbs growing in a thick patch of ripe blackberries.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Casa Balaguer 2021 Alicante Tragolargo (Moscatel/Malvasia)

Organically (with some biodynamic practices) farmed grapes grapes from 2 plots over sandy saline soils. 70% Moscatel de Alexandria (Salinas de la Mata Natural Park in Torrevieja) and 30% Malvasia (Puerto de la Harina Estate). Manually harvested in July/August, table selection, indigenous yeast fermentation in stainless steel with 30-days skin contact. Aged on the lees for several months after harvest in the same tanks, before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and zero SO2.

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Castellroig NV Penedès Corpinnat Brut Reserva

Castellroig is one of the finest values in sparkling wine and a great example of the wines of Corpinnat: it is farmed organically, harvested by hand, aged at least 18 months on the lees, and fermented with native yeasts. Marcel Sabate and his team have a remarkable understanding of their vineyards and have mapped out every minute shift in terroir on their estate; this fanatical approach to quality shows in the bottle. The focus of this cuvée is Xarel-lo, a favorite among the grapes of the Penedès for its refreshing mineral qualities and notes of mountain herbs. A light-on-its-feet bubbly for everyday occasions. Ariana Rolich

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $36.99

Celler del Roure 2020 Valencia Cullerot Blanco

Celler del Roure is making very interesting wines  with local grape varieties in the Valencia area. Many of these old, indigenous varieties are largely forgotten and Cullerot highlights three of them (Verdil, Tortosina, and Merseguera) together with Pedro Ximénez, Macabeo, Malvasía,  and others. In addition to their focus on indigenous grape varieties, Celler del Roure is employing traditional vinifications methods: hand harvesting, fermenting with native yeasts in stone lagars, and aging in very old clay amphorae. Cullerot has a bit of skin contact, and is medium bodied with notes of stone fruit, tropical notes, apple skin, and clay-y minerality.  - Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

Envinate 2020 Almansa Albahra 1.5L

Albahra is Envinate's Mediterranean wine, from vines of Garnacha Tintorera and Moravia-Agria planted in clay-limestone soils near Albacete in Castilla-La Mancha. The Garnacha Tintorera and the Moravia-Agria are vinified separately: the Garnacha with some stems in cement vats, and the Moravia fully destemmed in used barrels. After about 8 months they are blended together and bottled without fining or filtering and with only a small amount of SO2 added. The 2020 has beautiful mineral brightness, and lots of red fruit and spice. It will only improve, but what a pleasure right now! - BF

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $63.99

Envinate 2020 Ribeira Sacra Lousas Vinas de Aldea

The Lousas Vinas de Aldea is the village cuvee from Envinate’s vineyards in Ribeira Sacra (Aldea translates to "village" in Gallego, the Galician language). The grapes are sourced mainly from the Riberas do Sil region, with smaller amounts from vineyards in Amandi and Quiroga-Bibei. Soils are a combination of gneiss, slate, and granite, at varying elevations and expositions. The blend ends up being about 80% Mencia and 20% a mix of the other local grape varieties like Brancellao, Caiño, Sousón, Garnacha Tintorera and others. Aging is in concrete, used French oak and large Austrian foudres. Aromas at the moment show deep red fruit, with red apple skin and cranberry notes. There is a refinement that should arrive within a year in bottle. We would highly recommend waiting until 2023 before opening.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Envinate 2020 Tenerife 'La Santa' Tinto

A new wine from the folks at Envinate! The La Santa vineyards are in Tacorante Acentejo, on the northern part of or Tenerife, just east of the Valle de la Orotava, where Envinate's 'Migan' and 'Palo Blanco' come from. Tacorante Acentejo is the first D.O. established on Tenerife, and the 3 plots here are mostly sandy clay over red basalt. Grapes see partial carbonic maceration here, and are aged in neural French barrels for about 8 months. This is a lovely expression, showing some of the trademark reductive Canary funk on the nose, and bright, brambly, luscious fruit on the palate. 48% negramol, 50% Listan Negro, and 2% Listan Blanco.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Envinate 2020 Tenerife Migan Tinto

The vineyards for this cuvée are located near La Perdoma in the north-central part of Tenerife. Migan is in fact an old name for the town of La Perdoma. This is 100% Listán Negro, from four parcels in the Valle de la Orotava that are over 100 years old and planted on volcanic soils with substantial amounts of clay, sand and basalt. There is some stem inclusion here. Fermentation is in concrete, and aging is for one year in neutral French oak and foudre. Bottling is without fining or filtering, and with just a touch of sulfur. This shows the classic, spicy volcanic character of Orotava, with plenty of savory, earthy substance on the palate.  -BF

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Envinate 2020 Tenerife Palo Blanco

100% Listán Blanco from centenarian vines in the black volcanic soil of the Palo Blanco vineyard, in the Valle de la Orotava of northern Tenerife. This area is humid despite the substantial elevation (600m above sea level), and the vines are trained in the braided Cordon Trenzado method to promote airflow. All grapes are hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete before aging in a mix of foudre and used barrels for 10 months. Bottled without fining or filtering, and with only a touch of sulfur. This vintage of the Palo Blanco is exceptional. If there is any indication or confirmation, the Envinate folks themselves consider this to be the best vintage yet of this wine. Notes of petrol, mint,and lemons, with subtle fleshy character and savory density. Not to be missed1

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Low Sulfur

Envinate 2020 Tenerife Palo Blanco 1.5L

100% Listán Blanco from centenarian vines in the black volcanic soil of the Palo Blanco vineyard, in the Valle de la Orotava of northern Tenerife. This area is humid despite the substantial elevation (600m above sea level), and the vines are trained in the braided Cordon Trenzado method to promote airflow. All grapes are hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete before aging in a mix of foudre and used barrels for 10 months. Bottled without fining or filtering, and with only a touch of sulfur. This vintage of the Palo Blanco is exceptional. If there is any indication or confirmation, the Envinate folks themselves consider this to be the best vintage yet of this wine. Notes of petrol, mint,and lemons, with subtle fleshy character and savory density. Not to be missed1

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $129.99

Finca Torremilanos 2020 Ribera del Duero Montecastrillo Tinto

This 100% Tempranillo wine from Ribera del Duero is a fantastic value, from  Demeter certified Biodynamic vineyards.  Coming from vines aged between 10- and 20-years-old, the wine is aged 80% in stainless steel and 20% in oak. This is a classic, fuller-bodied expression of warm climate Tempranillo: dark fruit, earth, a bit of leather and medium tannins are in balance with freshness and some herbal character. A great wine for a party or with steak, lamb and anything grilled this spring and summer.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.49

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guímaro 2020 Ribeira Sacra Tinto

Pedro Rodriguez is one of our favorite winemakers in Northwest Spain, and the wines from Guímaro are consistently interesting and exciting. This is the most approachable and affordable red wine from the estate, made with hand harvested grapes from precariously steep vineyards of mainly Mencía within the Ribeira Sacra appellation. Fermented and aged without exposure to oak, this wine is red fruited and almost juicy, balanced by bright, clean acidity and a deep mineral core. This is an appealing expression of Mencía, approachable and friendly to food. -Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2019 Valdeorras A Chaira

A Chaira is entirely Doña Blanca from the old O Chao vineyard that Nacho Gonzalez has been working since 2013. The vines are old and low-yielding, planted on steep slopes. The Doña Blanca grapes for A Chaira are harvested separately, fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks, then aged in tinaja, the traditional local amphora. This year's A Chaira has a deeply mineral cast. The nose shows granitic spice and citrus fruits, while the palate has abundant bright mineral texture and notes of lime, apple, mountain herbs, and salt. This is probably the leanest and brightest of the white or orange wines from Nacho Gonzalez this year, and may, as a result, need the most time to harmonize and flesh itself out in bottle. I'd like to check on it in 6 months: my guess is that this wine will fill out with some resting time and show more white fruit and spice. 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2020 Valdeorras A Chaira

A Chaira is majority Doña Blanca with a touch of Colgadeira from the steep-sloped, low-yielding O Chao vineyard that Nacho Gonzalez has been working since 2013. The old vines are farmed organically with some biodynamic methods, macerated for 5 days and aged in amphora (tinaja). The nose shows granitic spice and citrus fruits, while the palate has abundant bright mineral texture and notes of lime, apple, mountain herbs, and salt. This is probably the leanest and brightest of Nacho's whites, which is not a bad thing! Super approachable right out of the bottle, with light-medium body, stone fruit on the palate, and great cut. Delicate and balanced.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2020 Valdeorras A Mallada

A Mallada is 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Sumoll, from granite soils. Macerated for 5 days with some of the skins removed each day, then aged in neutral barrel. This is the first vintage in several years in which Nacho eschewed the use of tinajas (large amphora) for his reds, as he continues to define his style and direction with the La Perdida wines. This year, the wine is more open out of the bottle, with delicate notes of crushed dark berries and herbs. There is a  familiar presence of very elegant yet rustic tannins. Another prime candidate for aging at least a year if not longer.  -EL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Zafra 2019 Alicante Tinto 'Nuet' Monastrell

La Zafra is putting Alicante on the map, and crafting fresh, balanced wines from this hot and arid climate. Monastrell is the red grape here, otherwise known as Mourvedre in France. To me, a good Monastrell smells like roasted meat, leather, and hundreds of wild herbs, and this one delivers on every count. Thanks to the Mar and Ignacio's approach - they search for freshness by farming organically and doing short macerations - this is a wine with loads of character ("garrigue" comes to mind), that is a joy to drink.  A great middle ground between light and full bodied. As appropriate with a light chill and snacks as it is with grilled meat and BBQ  -EL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lagar de Costa 2018 Galicia Viva La Vid-A

This is all Espadeiro from a small winery in Galicia, known primarily as producers of Albarino in Rias Baixas. In our not-so-extensive experience with Espadeiro, the characteristics are typically quite herbaceous, bright and wispy. Here, those elements are all in play, making this a perfect pairing for fatty meats, charcuterie, fried foods, and in particular, seafood (when you want a red with fish). Enjoy with a slight chill.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Martin Alonso Etayo (Vina Ilusion) 2020 Rioja 'Prana'

Martin A Alonso Etayo has been quietly producing natural wines in Rioja, under the Viña Ilusion label. He owns five hectares of Tempranillo in Rioja, at around 600-700m of elevation, which are farmed based on the principles of Masanobu Fukuoka (do-nothing farming), Rudolf Steiner (biodynamics) and permaculture. Their goal is to rejuvenate and uplift the land that they work, own, and live on. They also make wine in a very low-intervention style: Prana is their second wine, made in a carbonic style. Medium-bodied and pretty, it shows red fruits and earth on the nose, leading to a joyful palate of cherry, red berries, and clay-y earthiness. The 2020 shows the warmth of the vintage, with dark fruit and earth. No fining, filtering, clarification, or added sulfites.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Ribeira Sacra Miñato de Raña

In addition to their vines in the Val do Salnes, Alberto and Silvia are making wine along the Minho river in Ribeira Sacra with Roberto Regal. Miñato de Raña comes from a very steep, south-facing parcel of 100-year old vines in the Laderas do Minho region, where the soils are mainly granitic. The 2018 vintage was difficult, but the wine is beautiful, elegant and light bodied: a unique expression of the cooler, more Atlantic part of Ribeira Sacra, made with Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera, Godello, and Palomino Fino. The grapes were harvested in late September, then crushed whole-cluster before fermenting in two 200L open-top barrels with 20 days of maceration on the skins and finally pressed into used 500L French oak barrels for nine months of resting without racking.  The wine is delicate, herbal, and floral on the nose with notes of violet, rose, fennel, and other wild mountain herbs. The palate is vibrant and exuberant, enlivened by the white grapes: notes of cranberry, pomegranate, sour cherry, and pepper spice swirl around a core of bright acidity and broad, granitic minerality. One of my favorite wines from Ribeira Sacra that I've tasted, a true and exciting expression of Galicia. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $21.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 31 in stock
  • $24.99

Ruben Diaz 2018 Sierra de Gredos Cebreros Cuesta del Tejar Garnacha

The Cuesta del Tejar is a special red from Ruben Diaz, showcasing the power and balance of the Gredos. Unlike the easy-going Paso de Cebra which is all destemmed then aged in cement, Ruben includes 15% whole cluster here, and aging is in old barrels. Peppery notes, funk, and spunk. All in all a more substantial wine in every regard.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rubén Díaz 2019 Sierra de Gredos Cebreros Paso de Cebra Blanco

This is all Albillo Real, aged in used barrels and glass demijohns. There is a nice combination of sharpness and weight, keeping the wine chiseled, with nice acidity, but also providing body, which broadens the pairing possibilities. Some herbs and flowers on the nose, almond skins on the palate, a classy white from the Gredos! 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sierra de Tolono 2021 Rioja Blanco

From Biodynamic practicing estate, Sierra de Tolono, this is a fresh and textured Rioja Blanco. 100% Viura, aged mostly in tank, with 10% in used French barrels. Bottled without going through malolactic fermentation. 

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $25.99

Vera de Estenas 2020 Utiel Requena Bobal

This wine, from Vera de Estenas in Utiel-Requena (near Valencia) shows the fresh and joyful side of plummy Bobal at a great price. There's plenty of density to the palate, and the fruit is ripe and juicy , but there's a backbone of minerality and delicate tannins that invite another sip. Perhaps it is the clay-limestone soils, or the old vines (ranging from 50-100 years), or even the cooling Mediterranean winds that lend this balance...

  • red
  • 43 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Viña Zorzal 2019 Navarra Graciano

Zorzal takes the Graciano grape to new heights with this inexpensive but outrageously delicious 35-year-old, organically-farmed vines in Spain's Navarra region (Rioja's overlooked neighbor). This is a generous, crowd-pleasing, and thirst-quenching red on the fuller side of medium-bodied. It is pretty and perfumed, with flavors of juicy purple plum, ripe red raspberry, and dark cherry, violet flowers, soft funky earth, spearmint leaf, cinnamon spice, smooth tannins, rich texture, and just enough acidity. Unfined, unfiltered, and fermented with native yeasts.

  • red
  • 43 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Viña Zorzal 2021 Navarra Garnacha Rosado

Viña Zorzal offers some seriously delicious wines from old vines for very little money (as fans of their delightful red Graciano can attest). This one honors the traditional wine of the Navarra region - rosado of Garnacha. Fragrant red currant, raspberry, and pink peppercorn aromas lead to crunchy cranberry and strawberry fruit flavors, with zesty pink grapefruit and tropical and herbal undertones on the finish. The label features a popcorn kernel pattern because Xabi Sanz of Zorzal recommends it as an accompaniment to popcorn and a movie. This year's wine is electric: bright pink in the glass and incredibly tasty!

  • rosé
  • 34 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic