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Bodegas 501 El Puerto de Santa Maria Zurbaran Cream

Bodegas 501 was founded in 1783 in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Their unusual and charming cream sherry — Zurbaran — does not date back that far, but no one seems to know how old it is! The solera had not been tapped for 20 years (and maybe more) before this wine was bottled and the results are fascinating. Aromas are rich and botanical, with halvah, ginseng, cocoa powder, fennel seed, pencil shavings, peanut skins, and cracker jacks. The sweet palate is not cloying like some cream sherries, but clear and bright: pretty fresh figs and chewy raisins, salty roasted peanuts, gentian root, milk chocolate, and more of those beguiling halvah and ginseng notes. This gets a rare rating of "Yummy!" and is highly recommended as a fresh alternative to port for cheese plates, desserts, or simply for drinking in repose. Ariana Rolich

  • white flor
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white flor
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

Equipo Navazos NV Jerez La Bota de Oloroso No. 63 Bota NO 375 ml

From Equipo Navzos: "This is an extremely old, powerful and superconcentrated wine that belongs to the same cathegory as the noblest and oldest reliquias and sacristías of the Sherry District, including our releases no. 5 “NPI”, no. 14 Oloroso, no. 47 Palo Cortado or no. 49 Amontillado, among others. Barely 900 units bottled from a combination of two half-emptied casks (one the number one or “bota punta”, and the other the number 5 in the row) selected from an ancient small solera of Oloroso very carefully looked after by Chano Aragón in his bodega located at Calle Olivo in downtown Chiclana. The age of La Bota de Palo Cortado 63 “Bota NO” is extreme, surely close to 80 or 90 years old, one of those very dry and concentrated, highly acidic wines, with notable bitterness and remarkable dry extract, which sometimes is not precisely the cup of tea of certain wine lovers, while others simply love them. We are of course of  the latter, although we reckon this is not a wine to drink in a careless way but one to revere. Enjoy it as an awesome perfume as well as reflectively sip it with utmost temperance and, hopefully, immoderate delectation."

  • white fortified medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

Equipo Navazos NV San Lucar de Barrameda La Bota de Amontillado #58 750ml

From Equipo Navazos: "Since the 1980s and until very recently, the amontillado soleras of Rainera P. Marín were made of very different soleras labeled within the cellar as “Manzanilla Pasada”: from the third criadera of Amontillado “M. Pda.” all the way to the little shrine of 1/3 “M. Pda. Viejísima”, including solera 1/10 “M. Pda. Vieja” (from where we have sourced our editions number 31 & 61 “Bota NO” of La Bota de Amontillado). After its purchase by the Estévez Group, the greater part of these confusingly labeled stocks was strictly restructured. The finest and deepest butts were selected, their contents refreshed with true (and unfortified) manzanilla pasada (this is a natural amontillado), in order to create an amontillado solera that was slightly over 100-butt strong and located at third and fourth in one same row. This time we have selected fifteen of these butts which shine for their superior freshness as well as intense notes of aromatic herbs, baked sweet potato, and caramel. The resulting blend is a perfect amontillado, extremely dry, long, serious, complex, and still deliciously drinkable. The additional three years of age-compared with the previous release of this wine (La Bota de Amontillado 37)-can be appreciated in terms of additional complexity and maturity. The estimate average age of this wine is around 22 years."

  • white flor fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

Equipo Navazos NV San Lucar de Barrameda La Bota de Amontillado #61 500 ml

From Equipo Navazos: "In the wine cellars owned by La Guita on the road to Jerez outside Sanlúcar de Barrameda there are several Amontillado soleras identified by the number of butts that exist of each one, and by the legends “Manzanilla Pasada”, “Manzanilla Pasada Vieja” or “Manzanilla Pasada Viejísima”. All those soleras have survived practically untouched since La Guita rearranged its stocks in 1980 and moved most to the cellars on the road to Jerez. Among them, the Solera 1/10 of  “Manzanilla Pasada Vieja” which actually is an exceptional Amontillado, very old and elegant, that shows the typical character of Sanlúcar. It is precisely from that solera that we have sourced the present release: La Bota de Amontillado 61 “Bota NO”. It is the second time we come to it, since in 2011 there was a release with the same name and source numbered as La Bota no. 31. Due to its evident age and depth it can be sipped as a midmorning drop on quiet leisurely days, or after a meal. It also displays a harmonious palate that makes it especially appropriate for intense dishes such as a hearty stew, arròs de muntanya, or lobster bisque, and also of delicate pieces of sushi with a dash of wasabi. Come to think of it, at a lower than usual temperature, this amontillado can be sipped successfully side by side to a refreshing ajoblanco or gazpacho."

  • white flor fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Fernando de Castilla NV Jerez Antique Oloroso 500ml

The sherries of Rey Fernando de Castilla are unlike any others. Despite a strong family resemblance among the various bottlings exemplified by elegant herbal depth, precise structure, and intense yet beautifully integrated acidity, each sherry is utterly unique. The 20+-year-old Antique Oloroso is enticing and memorable for its vibrant, velvety texture and seamlessly integrated notes of burnt toast, bitter nut skins, savory cocoa, dark spicy cinnamon, clove, mace, Guiness Beer, warm citrus zest, earthy marigolds, and the longest finish going on the sherry shelf. -AR 

  • white flor fortified
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

Gonzalez Byass NV Jerez Fino Tio Pepe En Rama (2016 bottling)

The annual release of González Byass' Tío Pepe Fino En Rama sherry is an eagerly anticipated event here at Chambers Street. (Especially this year... Having downed copious amounts of the newly-bottled En Rama at the rollicking Feria de Jerez festival this past spring, the countdown to the delicious 2016 release began earlier than usual!) Bone-dry, bright and lemony, delicate and buttery, layered with flavors of creamy, slightly bitter yeasts, buttered nuts, golden bread crusts, and brine of the salty sea - "Pure Flor Juice!" in the words of winemaker and master blender, Antonio Flores - this is the most potent yet nuanced expression of En Rama to date. Ariana Rolich

  • white flor fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Gonzalez Byass NV Jerez Tres Palmas Fino 500ml

Gonzalez Byass' Palmas series is an exploration of the most extreme and elegant expressions of the soleras that feed Tio Pepe - arguably the world's most consistent, classic, and popular fino sherry. Tres Palmas 2015 is a selection of a single cask in a ten year-old (average) solera, which stood out as the only cask among 150 where a small amount of flor had survived. A dramatic and drop-dead delicious pairing for rich smoked fishes, duck, and roes, Tres Palmas exhibits immense complexity from spicy aromas hinting at cinnamon oil and bark, to the intensely savory, shape-shifting, palate that showcases autolytic flavors and textures, umami and rancio, as Gonzalez Byass puts it: "the limit between life and death, the agony of the flor." Ariana Rolich

  • white flor fortified
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Grant, Bodegas NV El Puerto de Santa Maria Amontillado La Garrocha 375ml

I visited Bodegas Grant this past March, and I was struck with the accessibility of the sherries here. This bodega is located in the center of town in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Attached to the bodega is a fabulous bar to quaff these delicious sherries. The Amontillado is soft, floral, and gently spicy. The aging process is not especially lengthy with this wine; which makes it somewhat fruitier and appealing. This is a sherry to drink! — cb

  • white flor fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 19 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

La Cigarrera NV San Lucar de Barrameda Manzanilla 375ml

A beautiful small bodega/almacenista and tavern in the barrio bajo section of San Lucar de Barrameda. This solera has 8 criaderas which results in a wine with a real edge to its very saline and crunchy herbal flavors. A favorite at the shop and an astounding pairing with boquerones. cb

  • white flor fortified
  • 9 in stock
  • $11.99

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

Spain Table

2017 Spanish Midwinter Mixed Case

2017 Midwinter Spanish Mixed Case* includes a fabulous array of organic, biodynamic, low-SO2 selections at an excellent price, including Alvar de Dios 2015 Toro Tio Uco, Alvar de Dios 2014 Toro Aciano, Bigardo 2015 Bigardo Tinto, Silice 2015 Ribeira Sacra, Envinate 2015 Almansa Albahra, Maisulan 2015 Rioja, Maldivinas 2015 Combate Pink, Clos Lentiscus 2012 Penedes Brut Nature Rose, Pedralonga 2015 Rias Baixas Albarino, Mengoba 2014 Bierzo Brezo Blanco, Marc Isart 2014 La Maldicion Malvar, RuBor Viticultores 2014 Protocolo Zero Blanco. *Out-of-stock items will be replaced with wines of comparable price and quality.  

  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 39 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $29.99

Albamar 2015 Rias Baixas Albariño

Xurxo Alba’s family has been making wine in the O Salnés sub-region of Rías Baixas, farming vineyards just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, for generations. Xurxo’s entry level cuvée is made from grapes sourced from multiple sites with mainly sandy soil. The fruit from each parcel is vinified separately in stainless steel, gaining structure and complexity of flavor from 5 months spent on the fine lees. While driven by a wild and ancient marine energy and dense mineral purity, the wine remains poised, graceful and slightly secretive with notes of ocean air, dried lemon, apple skin and an endlessly long finish with hints of white pepper and freshly grated ginger. Sublime paired with a light pasta dressed with lots of fresh parsley, garlic and tiny clams.  Sydney Snyder

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

Albamar 2015 Rias Baixas Finca O Pereiro Albariño

Xurxo Alba makes some of the most interesting wines in Rias Baixas today. A descendant of a long line of Albariño growers, his instinct and respect for the grape shine through. His elegant, expressive cuvée from the Finca O Pereiro Vineyard stands out each year and seems to reflect equally the unique site as well as character. Pereiro's low-yielding Albariño vines were planted in 1984 on clay-heavy, sandy soils just 50 meters from the sea. Subtle aromas of chamomile, salty minerals, and graphite contrast with the steely, acidic palate of grapefruit, lemongrass and a hint of smoky mineral tone. Leaner and longer than ever, 2015 Finca O Pereiro is a supremely elegant and pure example of the Albarino grape. Ariana Rolich.

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Alvar de Dios Hernandez 2015 Toro Tio Uco

A burst of flamboyant flavors, Tío Uco is an exciting young wine from an exciting young winemaker! A native of southern Toro, Alvar de Dios honed his skills working with Fernando García at Bodegas Marañones (a longtime Chambers Street favorite in the Sierra de Gredos) before returning to Toro to farm his family vineyards and acquire others. Tío Uco comes from 25 to 40 year-old, organically farmed vines of Tinta de Toro on a variety of terroirs (clay, limestone, sand, and gravel), destemmed and raised in neutral oak barrels. Aromas are wild and heady, full of fermenting berries, black cherry compote, incense and clove, with a jazzy, light spritz upon opening, dissolving into the fun and full-flavored palate of cassis, cranberry, cola, umeboshi salt plums, balsamic, wild rose, and bitter herbs on the finish. Substantial and spicy, but light on its feet, this is a lovely Toro for everyday drinking pleasure. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $32.99

Antoine Touton & Fredi Torres 2014 Montsant La Seleccion

An instant staff and customer favorite from the Montsant, La Selección is a fresh and elegant young wine from our friend Fredi "Fresquito" Torres.  Organically farmed Garnacha with some Carignan, primarily from clay and calcareous soils, raised in stainless steel and bottled with minimal SO2. Medium-bodied, approachable, and thoroughly delicious, with aromas of wild herbs, raspberry blossom, and tangy cranberry fruit, with a vibrantly acidic, floral, and herbal palate of juicy red berries, brambly purple fruit, thyme, a hint of pepper, and earth. Easy to drink and a versatile pairing for any food group - poultry, vegetables, burgers - priced for every night of the week. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $11.99

Benito Santos 2015 Rias Baixas Albariño Saiar

Saiar is a certified organic vineyard of Albariño grown on granitic soils. Fermented with wild yeasts in tank, with aromas of citrus zest, jasmine tea, and orange blossoms and a dry, focused, mineral-driven palate of lemon-lime, peach skins, white flowers, papaya, and a hint of anise. A classic with oysters and a stellar apéritif! Ariana Rolich 

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

Bernabeleva 2015 Vinos de Madrid Sierra de Gredos Camino de Navaherreros

The vineyards around the town of San Martin de Valdeiglesias (the eastern edge of the Gredos Mountains, just west of Madrid) boast very old Garnacha and Albillo vines in granitic sandy soils, interspersed with intensely fragrant lavender, thyme, and exotic local wild flowers that smell like curry, peaches, and honey. Bernabeleva's Camino de Navaherreros is a fresh and perfumed Garnacha from a blend of organically farmed vineyards at 500-1000 meters. Clear and floral, much lighter on the palate than the alcohol suggests, with vivacious acidity, substantial tannins, and flavors of bold raspberry and blueberry fruit, rosey florals, rosemary and mint with telltale granitic length and minerality. What a wine! Ariana Rolich 

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bodega Cauzon 2014 Andalucia Granada Pi Noir

Ramon Saavedra makes delicious zero-added-sulphur  wines in the tiny hamlet of Cortes y Graena in the Granada province of Andalusia. The vibe there, as Ramon puts it, is "more like northern Africa than southern Spain." Hot and arid, but with lofty altitudes that bring cool nights for the vines and brilliant acidity for the wine, this region seems to impose no limit on the winemaker's imagination. Ramon farms  four hectares of diverse varieties: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Syrha, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and more. His wines are lifted, long-lived (a 2003 Merlot knocked our socks off on a recent visit!), and simply delicious. This Pinot Noir is ripe and bright, but at 12.5% a balanced and unique experience of the noble grape. Heady aromas of sappy red plum, black cherry, with tarragon, thyme, and incense waft onto the ripe yet buoyant palate of wild cherries, tart red currant and exotic brown spice, with tingly tannins and a mouth-watering acidic core. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $32.99

Castellroig NV Penedès Cava Brut

Castellroig is one of the few Cava producers working with organic methods (not certified), harvesting by hand, and even fermenting with native yeasts. They have a remarkable understanding of their vineyards and have mapped out every shift in terroir on their property; this fanatical approach to quality shows in the bottle. The focus of this cuvée is Xarlel-lo, a favorite amongst Cava grapes for its refreshing mineral qualities and notes of mountain herbs. A light-on-its-feet bubbly for everyday occasions.

  • white sparkling
  • 39 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Celler La Salada 2015 Penedes Pet Nat Tinc Set NO SO2

This is serious pet nat from Toni Carbó, a fixture in the natural wine bars of Barcelona, but brand new on our shores! Tinc Set is organic and biodynamically farmed Xarello and Parellada, two of the great local grapes of Penedès. Calcareous and clay soils speak loudly through tiny firm bubbles, vibrant golden fruit, fresh peach, green apple skins, bitter almond, salty yeast, and crunchy mineral length.  Exuberant and fresh in flavor, yet smooth and round in texture, with no  added SO2. Tinc Set pairs nicely with a chill in the air and some charcuterie on your plate! Ariana Rolich

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

Clos Lentiscus 2012 Penedes Rose Brut Nature

Manel Avinyó of Clos Lentiscus makes the most fascinating and delicious no-added-SO2 Champagne method sparkling wines in Penedès. This one is 100% Samsó (the Catalan name for Carignan) from vines planted in 1939 in the Garraf National Park (just south of Barcelona), which Manel and his brother Joan farm organically and biodynamically. This bottling is from the 2012 vintage, fermented with native yeasts, with 25 months in bottle and disgorgement with no dosage. Carignan's raw, wild soul is finessed into a pale salmon sparkler with lots of surprises and complexity. Aromas of spice and musk and minerals with blood orange, wild strawberry, and sea breeze; the palate is dry and dense, with fresh saline and herbal notes that infuse tart yet rich flavors of apricot, cherry skins, bitter almond, blood orange, minerally earth, and purple florals, with a long finish of almond oil, maraschino, and fragrant Mediterranean herbs. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $41.99

Daniel Ramos Zerberos 2011 Castilla y León Del Tiemblo Los Chorrancos

Tasting this wine for the first time, I was immediately fascinated (and hooked). The Gredos Mountains, west of Madrid, are home to the most awe-inspiring and balanced Garnachas in the world. Power, perfume, tannin, and acid meet subtle layers and terroir-expression in this unique, high-altitude region that is largely unknown to wine lovers, but will be acknowledged one day soon as the source for the world's highest expressions of the Garnacha grape. Del Tiemblo Los Chorrancos is a fierce and floral cuvée from a north-facing schistous vineyard (with some granite) at upwards of 900m altitude in Avila's Alberche River Valley. Aromas are deep, floral, and botanical, with cherry blossoms, roses, resin, lavender, and sweet clover honey. The palate is anchored by rich tannins, acidic spine, and gripping mineral depth, with shimmering raspberry, rich kirsch, rosemary, and savory forest floor. This wine is sure to change the way you think about Garnacha. Ariana Rolich 

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Daniel Ramos Zerberos 2007 Castilla y León Pizarra

Winemaker Daniel Ramos said that when he and his wife drink a bottle of Pizarra, they frequently open it 3-4 days in advance. Only made in exceptional years, Pizarra is 100% Garnacha from a 60-100+ year old vines on south-facing slate/schist vineyards at 900-975m (3000 feet) elevation. It is brawnier and darker than the Del Tiemblo cuvee, with wild ripe berries, sandalwood, and musky citrus oils alongside subtle oxidative notes, spicy wild "garrigue" of lavender, and thyme (which coincidentally grow around the vineyard), and a clear core of slatey minerals. An exceptional wintry Garnacha for roasted meats and root vegetables. Please decant! Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $84.99

Espelt 2015 Empordà Garnatxa Blanca

The Espelt family has been growing grapes for centuries on the sandy granite, limestone, and slate soils of Empordà. In the early 2000s, they began bottling under their own name, resulting in some of the best values coming out of Catalonia. Espelt's vineyards are certified organic and dedicated primarily to native varieties like Lledoner (Catalonian Grenache) and Carinyena. This wine is 100% Garnatxa Blanca from 50 year-old vines, fermented and aged for 3 months in neutral French oak barrels. Medium bodied, with pure, fluid flavors of white peach, lemon-lime, and golden apple, flecked with white pepper and silky  florals, anchored by a  firm mineral spine. Fresh and versatile. Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Familia Nin Ortiz 2015 Priorat Porrera Planetes de Nin Blanc

Ester Nin and Carles Ortiz combine rigorous biodynamic farming, prime terroir in Porrera (one of the two coolest villages in the Priorat), and an oddity - Cargnan Blanc - to achieve this eleagant outlier among Priorat whites. Unusually lithe, clear, and cool-tempered relative to the big, sometimes boozy whites of the region, with heady aromas of wild herbs, lemon balm, mustard flower, kefir lime, citrus peels, and white pepper. The palate is supple, long, and mineral, one of the most restrained and pretty Priorat whites to date, displaying delicate tropical and tree fruits with bitter piths, mineral earth, and sea salts. Pair with rich seafood and herbed poultry. Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

Fuenteseca 2015 Utiel Requena Bobal/Cabernet Sauvignon

This incredible bargain is a full-bodied blend of bush-trained Bobal with a splash of young-vines Cabernet Sauvignon from 1000 meters up in the Utiel-Requena region of Spain. Dense and layered on the palate — rich cherry, tart plum, and ripe raspberry fruit, with velvety tannins, soft earth, and a hint of violet flowers. Certified organic and fermented with native yeasts! Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic

Herencia Altès 2014 Terra Alta Garnatxa Blanca

One of our best-selling Spanish whites, Herencia's Altes' Garnatxa Blanca comes from old vines planted on the sandy local "Panal" soils over limestone in Catalonia's Terra Alta region. A few hours of maceration on the skins, followed by 2 months on the lees provide texture and depth in this medium-bodied, dry yet juicy crowd-pleaser. White pepper, minerals, and green apple aromas precede mouthwatering flavors of crisp peach, lemon blossom, apricot, and hints of jasmine tea. A refreshing and versatile steal! Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $12.99

Ignios Orígenes 2014 Tenerife Ycoden Daute Isora Marmajuelo

Tenerife native Borja Pérez González comes from a long line of winemakers. Under his own label, Ignios Origenes, he is leading the young generation of Canary Island winemakers with fresh, nuanced and unique wines in the region. His reds have developed a great fan base here at Chambers Street, so we are pleased to welcome his white wine back to the shelf! Made from 100% Marmajuelo (one of only two grapes that cannot be traced to any varieties outside of the Canaries), this exotic white offers contrast between silken tropical aromas of pineapple, aloe, lemon curd, and banana leaf with lip-smacking acidity and salinity on the palate of crisp stone fruit, with rich minerality, almond notes, a shake of white pepper, and bitter volcanic earth lacing the long, minerally finish.  Ariana Rolich 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $47.99

López de Heredia 2004 Rioja Tondonia Reserva 1.5 L

This is serious Rioja: no new oak, extended pre-release bottle aging, and exquisite vineyard sites (for the Tondonia, vines dig deep through fine-grained alluvial soils overlooking the Ebro River that were first planted almost 140 years ago).  Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta founded Lopez de Heredia in 1877, and the wines continue to serve as a benchmark for the region (the family business is now led mainly by his grandson Pedro, and great-granddaughter Maria Jose). The bodega comprises four distinct vineyard areas and extends to a total of 170 hectares, with Tondonia being the largest and most famous of the holdings. Jancis Robinson considers 2004  "a very good year, with wines that should last well," and the Tondonia Reserva is certainly that: powerful, lean, and layered  with gorgeous, generous fruit and all the cigar box, cedar, and leather notes a lover of classic Rioja could wish for.  

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

López de Heredia 2008 Rioja Viña Cubillo Crianza

A blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha and small amounts of Mazuelo and Graciano, with three years in barrel and extended bottle age prior to release, the very good 2008 vintage has yielded a classic and satisfying Cubillo. Ripe, forward aromas of black cherry, blueberry sap, and raspberry, with tarragon, sweet black licorice, leather, and peppery earth; the palate is initially quite juicy with blackberry flesh and skins, tart black plum, and tangy acidity, opening with air to reveal sour cherry, plum skins, subtle herbal and smoky flavors, and soft sweet leather. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2013 Almate Garnacha

We don't see much Grenache from the Duero. Neither does Alfredo Maestro! He painstakingly identifies and plucks Garnacha grapes from amidst his dozens of tiny vineyards, most of which are planted to the local Tempranillo with multiple other varieties like Ganrnacha Tintorera, Bobal, Albillo Mayor, Dona Blanca, Moscatel, and more. Alfredo harvests his diverse plantings 3 times: First, for Albillo and Garnacha Tintorera; 2nd,  for Tempranillo; and  3rd, for Garnacha. Our favorite Garnachas display aerial and mineral dimensions that create a bond between sky and soil in our glasses, mouths, and minds. This wine is serene and sylvan, with aromas of purple and black berries, graphite, forest floor, and salty black licorice that open into a delicious palate of tart black currants, brambly, bursting wild  blueberries and blueberry stems, black cherries and woody cherry pits, wild herbs and flowers, sasaparilla, bitter chocolate, and gunmetal on the end, with breathtaking clarity, fresh and juicy acidity,  and a tear-jerking level of quality and pleasure. Pair with venison and mulberries, cookouts, and cheese plates. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2015 Vdt Castilla y Leon Amanda Rosado de Lagrima

There is a powerful vibration inherent to Amanda Rosado, which is felt by just about everyone who tastes it. The moment I laid eyes upon the organically-farmed, 60-year-old vines of Garnacha Tintorera on an isolated parcel of chunky limestone soils, perched high above the Valle de Botijas at 850m altitude in Segovia, I understood why! Garnacha Tintorera is a deeply pigmented and wildly acidic grape, therefore ideal for rosado. Aromas of spicy, rose florals and strawberry-rhubarb are followed by a bolt of bright acidity on the palate, with tart red and black raspberries, wild strawberry, crunchy salt, and rocky minerality. A thoroughly exciting aperitif, also delicious with grilled fish or squid, tacos, and spicy food. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé
  • 34 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2015 Vdt Castilla y Leon Lovamor Albillo

Lovamor is a perennially sought-after white wine of 100% Albillo Mayor, a rare white variety and dwindling commodity in the modern day Ribera del Duero, where red wine rules. With one week on the skins, bright acidity due to naturally-inhibited malolactic fermentation (Alfredo pushes the tank of wine outside into the winter cold!) and no added SO2, Lovamor is pert and peppery, with tart golden fruit and a tickle of tannins from the skins. Light enough for seafood and aperitifs, but delicious with some air alongside poultry or fish and roasted vegetables with herbs. Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2015 Vdt Castilla y Leon Viña Almate

The 2015 vintage of Alfredo Maestro's Almate might be the most delicious yet! 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), organically farmed, primarily from high altitude vineyards in Valtiendas, near Maestro's home town of Peñafiel (the heart of the Ribera del Duero). Fermented with whole clusters in stainless steel, bottled with no SO2 additions whatsoever; aromas of wild berries, plum, bramble, and herbs open up into sweet and spicy black licorice, and blackberry sap. Juicy, jubilant wild cherry and red berry flesh fill the mouth, with bursting acidity, ripe and rustic tannins, dark earth and tobacco notes, and a very long finish. Outrageously good and unusually complex at this price point, Almate is a perfect pairing with lamb. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Maisulan 2015 Rioja

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 minerals and smoky earth. Affordable and versatile. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maldivinas 2013 Castilla y Leon Sierra de Gredos La Movida Laderas

La Movida Laderas is a steep plot of 70-year-old Garnacha vines planted on rocky schist soils, 958 meters above sea level on the mystical south-facing slopes of Cebreros in the Gredos Mountains. Too precariously steep, rocky, and jagged to be plowed either by animals or machines, the vineyard is fragrant and wild, full of fennel, lavender, clover, poppies, and roses, with rows of quartz rocks ringing the vines, crickets chirping, and vultures soaring in wide circles in the sky above. With miniscule yields of .5kg of fruit per vine, it takes two plants to produce one bottle of wine. Aromas erupt from the glass: lavender, resin, black cherry, spicy cranberry, and crumbly warm earth. Intense Garnacha fruit fills the palate with crushed red raspberries, red currant, and crisp cranberry, with tingly young tannins, exotic sandalwood, and dense, dark schistous minerality. The intensity of these flavors is balanced by sizzling, high acidity that characterizes red wines from the Gredos Mountains . This is a beautiful and rare wine, pulsating with the raw wild force of the mountains. 1000 bottles produced. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Maldivinas 2015 Castilla y Leon Sierra de Gredos Combate Pink

Combate Pink is an addictive, fuschia-hued, off-dry rosado of Garnacha from Maldivinas' prime vineyards in Cebreros, the heart of the Sierra de Gredos. Two-thirds of the fruit comes from vineyards on schist and one-third from granitic soils. The perfumed nose of hibiscus, wild flowers, and damp brown earth continues onto the wild, juicy palate of strawberry preserves, raspberry patch, and black tea. Lots of bright, tangy acidity is present to balance the rich, wild fruit and the touch of sugar that remains in the wine. An explosively delicious rosé for winter sipping and an inspired pairing for any cured or smoked pork products, dark poultry, Chinese fare, roasted winter squashes, cheeses, and fruity or chocolatey desserts. One barrel produced. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Maldivinas 2015 Combate Albillo

Albillo Real is the great white grape of the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, west of Madrid. Floral and big-boned, with moderate acidity, Albillo is often compared to Rhone whites like Viognier or Marsanne. The comparison is useful, since lovers of Rhone whites will also enjoy Albillo. In most cases, however, Albillo is more aromatic than Marsanne or Roussanne, the fruit and florals and less cloying than Viognier's, with intense earth and mineral expression across terroirs. On to Combate! Guillermo and Carlos, the team behind Maldivinas, harvest their Albillo in mid-August, from 60 year-old vines on granitic sandy soils at 650m in San Martín de Valdeiglesias. A pale, brothy gold in the glass, with subtle, minerally aromas and a cool, stony palate of spicy pear, peach skins, invigorating citrus rinds, tingly ginger, honey, bitter herbs, and crunchy, salty, mineral length, redolent of granitic terroir. A special white wine to build a meal around, Combate Albillo is perfect for fish, poultry, pork, seafood, and goat cheeses. One barrel produced. Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $78.99

Matías i Torres 2015 La Palma Tinto Negramoll

La Palma native Victoria Torres makes this lively, taut, minerally red wine with her family's large Roman press of Canarian pine that dates back to the 1800s.  Her Negramoll vines come from a variety of vineyards, both in the fertile north of La Palma island at very high altitudes (up to 1400 meters), as well as in the warmer, lower southern zones, which is responsible for the alluring fruit profile in this wine. Victoria vinifies each parcel separately and blends them precisely, with expressive results. It is easy to be drawn in by mysterious aromas of bitter ashen soil,smoke, and funky fruit skin, familiar perhaps to lovers of volcanic wine regions; dusty black cherry, damson plum, roses, and lots of volcanic earth and salty minerals drive the light/medium palate. A refreshing expression of a complex Canary Island terroir and a versatile red for grilled fish and vegetables, with a fine, herbal finish. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Murua 5 ano Rioja Crianza

Prior to 1981, Rioja producers were not required to designate vintages for Reserva and Crianza bottlings. "5° Año" indicates that the wine was aged for 5 years. Thus, as far as we can tell, this wine is from 1975 or earlier and may be a blend of vintages.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Orly Lumbreras 2014 Castilla y León Punto G Garnacha

Before joining forces with Rubén Díaz to start RuBor, Orly Lumbreras was making wine solo in some of the Sierra de Gredos' most extreme and awe-inspiring vineyards on granitic soils around the austere mountain town of Navarredondilla. He is still producing Punto G, which was his first wine, made from 70 year-old Garnacha at 1,100 meters altitude, fermented with whole clusters with native yeasts, and raised in used French oak for six months. Fuller, more dense and brawny than Groove, with many years of life ahead, Punto G displays luscious dark cherries, ripe berry skins, and savory black currant fruit, full of rich earth, dried oregano, and notes of sweet spice. The complexity of this wine builds with hours and days of air. Yearning for stewed lamb or  grilled steak on a cold night is activated! Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

Partida Creus 2015 Catalunya Massís de Bonastre Xarello

Partida Creus' Xarello always stands out among their lineup of natural wines, farmed organically and vinified with no added SO2 in the Massis de Bonastre in the Baix Penedes. Ungrafted old vines from a single parcel give this Xarello a particular energy and clarity. Pure and peppery, with broad, juicy fruit flavors of apricots, white grapefruit, crunchy pineapple, and sweet, refreshing swirls of orange, anchored by tingly acidity, low alcohol, gentle tannin (from a few hours of skin contact), with flecks of resinous herbs, fragrant lemon balm, and gritty mineral soil. A delicious and unique take on this important grape. Ariana Rolich 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

Quinta Milú 2015 Ribera del Duero Milú

A straightforward and honest expression of old vine Tempranillo from the insuppressible and delightful young winemaker Germán Blanco. Despite the intense heat of  2015, Quinta Milú's “house wine” is fresh, lively, and beautifully composed with  notes of warm, dark fruit, violets, black pepper, silty minerality, and a hint of pumpernickel. Robust and solid with a  firm yet fluid tannic structure from aging in a combination of used French and American barrels, this utterly quaffable wine works equally well paired with a meal, or as a meal unto itself. Sydney Snyder  

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

Raventós I Blanc 2014 Conca del Riu Anoia de Nit Reserva Rosé

Pepe Raventos 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 aromas of pert pink lemonade, tart cranberry, and a hint of pepper; the palate is dry and elegant, with refreshing, bright acidity, flavors of strawberry seeds, musky ripe raspberries, and orange zests, flanking the complex saline and mineral core, stemming from Raventos' calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. This is an incredibly versatile rose sparkling wine for apéritifs, snacks, richer seafood, and spicy fare. Ariana Rolich 

  • rosé sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Raventós I Blanc 2014 Conca del Riu Anoia de Nit Reserva Rosé 1.5 L

Pepe Raventos 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 aromas of pert pink lemonade, tart cranberry, and a hint of pepper; the palate is dry and elegant, with refreshing, bright acidity, flavors of strawberry seeds, musky ripe raspberries, and orange zests, flanking the complex saline and mineral core, stemming from Raventos' calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. This is an incredibly versatile rose sparkling wine for apéritifs, snacks, richer seafood, and spicy fare. Ariana Rolich 

  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 35 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

RuBor Viticultores 2014 Castilla y León Groove Garnacha

Orly Lumbreras of RuBor described Groove as "un cañón" in its youth. With a little bit of time in bottle, it has mellowed into a veritable laser beam! This is singular Garnacha, utterly fabulous, from a single vineyard that inspired the RuBor partnership. 50 year-old vines with southeast exposition on very fine granitic sandy soils at 900m altitude (the highest granitic vineyard in Cebreros, a village known for old-vine Garnacha on high, schistous slopes). High-toned with intense, almost vertical acidity, taut black cherry, herbal black raspberry and purple berry fruit, chewy dark cherry skins, rhubarb, pink peppercorn, lots of violet, lavender, and rose florals, hints of thyme, and a taut, long, granitic mineral force. A wine to observe and celebrate over many years. Ariana Rolich 

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

RuBor Viticultores 2014 Castilla y León Protocolo Zero Blanco

Protocolo Zero is RuBor's first "vin de coupage," or blended wine, named for the absence of protocol in approaching each vintage. "Solo sensaciones fugaces" - only fleeting sensations - determine the contents of the wine, which is 100% Albillo Real, the great white grape of the Gredos Mountains. Rubén and Orly explore a wide range of expressions between their two old-vine Albillo parcels - La Peguera and SADE - through strategic harvest dates, skin contact, and vinification style. Protocolo Zero allows them to marry the fresh, youthful, and bright wines with rich, spicy, and aromatic ones, in proportions of their choosing. Arriving just in time to become our new favorite winter white, this bottle explodes with exciting granitic texture and length, with flavors of Bosc pear, butterscotch, musky peach, minerals and a hint of fresh ginger. Pair with roasted poultry, seafood stew, chicken liver mousse, or pâtés and cheeses. Seriously delicious on its own as well! Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 55 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

RuBor Viticultores 2014 Castilla y León Protocolo Zero Tinto

RuBor's specialty is  single vineyard wines from the Sierra de Gredos, where the idea of "vinos de parcela" takes on added importance  because the same grape - old-vine Garnacha - reveals such complex and vivid layers of flavor among wines from individual parcels that the  concept of terroir begins to feel too incomplete for explaining them. Mystery is alive! Protocolo Zero is Rubén and Orly's first wine from a blend of vineyards: an exuberant and supple Garnacha, exotic and aromatic, with heady scents of rose, raspberry, hibiscus, cinnamon, and resinous herbs wafting from the glass. Spicy raspberry and stewed strawberry fruit share the stage with honeyed wild flowers, deep mineral earth, and fine tannins that stick to the tongue. This wine continues to open for days, taking on rich chocolate-raspberry, blackberry liqueur, tobacco and earth with tart skins of black cherry and cranberry and crunchy berry seeds. The omnipresent Gredos acidity is an integral foil for this extravagantly delicious and affordable wine. Ariana Rolich

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

RuBor Viticultores 2015 Castilla y León Chass! Chasselas

A fresh and pretty entrée into the world of RuBor Viticultores, 100% Chasselas from two small plots of 70+ year-old vines on decomposed granite soils in Cebreros, the heart of the Sierra de Gredos. With 3-4 days of skin contact, then raised entirely in stainless steel with occasional batonnage, this is a new experience of Chasselas. Bright and salty, fresh and expressive, with subtle stone fruit, white grapefruit pith, orange blossom, beeswax, and crunchy minerals with a tickle of tannin. An irresistable choice for adventurous aperitifs and fresh seafood! Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 41 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $12.99

Tentenublo 2014 Rioja Escondite del Ardacho Las Guillermas

60% Tempranillo and 40% Viura, from 65 year old vines grown in clay and gravel soil, this is, relatively speaking, the most easy going of Tentenublo’s single vineyard expressions. Aged in new Burgundy barrels, with the Tempranillo grapes destemmed, the wine is supple and fresh in feel with notes of tangy grapefruit, roses, red berries, chocolate and coffee. Positioned at 450 meters in altitude, the Las Guillermas vineyard is greatly influenced by the Mediterranean which promotes a softer, gentler microclimate, the effects of which are definitely apparent in the wine. Sydney Snyder

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $84.99

Terroir Al Límit 2015 Priorat Vinum Verum Roc d'Aubaga Rose

A delicious and complex wine, surprising for fans of either Priorat or rose wine, from Dominik Huber of Terroir al Limit, who continues to defy expectations with bold, unique, yet relatively light wines from this sun-baked Catalan region, famous for dense and powerful reds. Roc d'Aubaga is a whole cluster co-fermentation of  Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, and Grenache Blanc, with aromas of red currant, wild rose, and hibiscus, flowing onto the subtle yet exuberant palate of wild cherry and creamy berries, with watermelon pith, cherry pits, rose hips, tea leaf, chiseled minerality, fresh acid, and lots of length. Technically a clarete  (blend of red and white grapes) Roc d'Aubaga is a beautiful winter rose, shining on the holiday alongside duck appetizers, shrimp cocktail, or roasted vegetables. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terroir Historic (Terroir Al Límit) 2015 Priorat Blanc

Dominik Huber is a bold and innovative force in the Priorat today, challenging convention and expectations with his steady progress toward lower alcohol and extraction in his fascinating single-vineyard/village/variety bottlings  for Terroir Al Límit, centered around his adopted home town of Torroja. Huber's new label, Terroir Historic, offers a macro view of the Priorat by combining fruit from organically-farmed vineyards all around the Priorat's nine villages into a regional wine. Vinification is simple and traditional with whole cluster, native yeast fermentations, six months in large concrete tanks and a minimum of SO2. The white is Garnatxa Blanca and Macabeu, from both young and old vines and a mix of Priorat terroirs. Fiesty and bright, with orange rind, bee pollen, honey, and a hint of petrol on the nose; effusive tannins frame the medium-bodied palate, with orange oil, watermelon rind, apricot, and salty mineral notes. An incredibly interesting and delicious wine that will change the way you view the Priorat. Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vega de Tera 2014 Rueda Verdejo

Balance, purity, and affordability combine in Vega de Tera's organically farmed Verdejo, the great white grape of Spain's Rueda region. Heady aromas of lemon seeds, yellow flowers, stone fruit, white pepper, and green herbs, followed by bright, refreshing flavors of crisp apricot, orange oil, lemonade, florals, and salty earth. There is earthy, mineral depth and definition in this wine that is rarely found in Verdejo under $15 (it's also fermented with native yeasts - another rarity for Verdejo in this price range!). There is just enough weight to pair seamlessly with rich, sweet, and earthy Thanksgiving sides and poultry, yet ample acid and freshness to keep you awake on Thanksgiving! Food-friendly, lively, and complete - a true bargain! Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

Venus La Universal 2014 Montsant Dido La Solucio Rosa

Priorat natives Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Jr. balance freshness with great complexity in all of their wines for Venus La Universal, which are made from Montsant fruit. Upon first sip of the inaugural vintage of "La Solucio" rose, we were hooked! Now the 2014 vintage has arrived, a blend of red and white grapes -- Garnacha, Carignan, and Syrah, plus Macabeu, Garnacha Blanca, and Garnacha Gris -- pressed all together, co-fermented, and aged for approximately 10 months in very old barrels before bottling. Pale, twinkling, rosy copper in the glass, with peach, orange peel, musk melon, blood orange,and peppercorn aromas; texturally stimulating, with tender tannins and lots of length, supporting sultry apricot, just-ripening wild berries, bitter citrus rinds, creamy florals, and lingering, salty, mineral and earth tone. It will only get better with some age, so don't be afraid to stock up. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 31 in stock
  • $9.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $14.99

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $29.99