Spain Table

4 Monos 2016 Sierre de Gredos Vino de Pueblo 'Cien Lanzas'

The Gredos mountains at the center of the Spanish plateau are known mainly for dense, mineral Garnacha, but there are a vast number of different styles of that wine produced in their high-altitude vineyards. This, the Cien Lanzas from 4 Monos, is a beautiful example of high-altitude Garnacha (with a tiny touch of Carinena and Garnacha Blanca)  from the village of Cenicientos, made in a whole-cluster, spicy style with a longer (21-40 day) macerations. Long, spicy, dense and dark, it remains lifted by the signature high-altitude acidity and broad , cooling, granitic minerality of the terroir of the Gredos. This was incredible with steak tacos in its continuing youth, but I wouldn't be afraid to hold onto a few bottles as this further matures. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $32.99

Ameztoi 2019 Getariako Txakolina Rubentis Rosé

This dry, crisp, slightly effervescent rose is a testament to the Ameztoi family's long history of producing txakoli in Getaria.  This rose is made from Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri grapes, grown on sand and clay soils and fermented in steel tanks with indigenous yeast.The 2019 is a great example of Txakoli, with plenty of salty character and  a delicate green herbal note complementing fresh watermelon and strawberry. Perfect for these sweltering late-July days, or for pretending you're by the sea any time of the year. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Anima Mundi (AT Roca) 2019 Xarel-lo Cami dels Xops Pet Nat

Anima Mundi is a project from Agustí Torello Roca, who also makes sparkling wines under the AT Roca label. Based in the Eastern Penedès, where Macabeu is the most important local grape and also at its most expressive. This pet-nat is from adjacent parcels of Macabeu and Xarel-lo on limestone soils, partially fermented in old 225L barrels and stainless steel before bottling to finish fermenting in bottle with no filtering, sulfur, or other additives. Mineral, linear, and totally refreshing, this the perfect sparkling wine for hot summer days or drinking before dinner! Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Aroa 2019 Navarra Garnacha "Le Naturel"

"Le Naturel" is a new project for the organically certified Aroa winery in Navarra: non-interventionist, no sulfur added Garnacha (with a smattering of other local varieties.) The grapes are manually harvested from organically certified vineyards, then briefly macerated (5 days) before fermentation in very large vats. This is a pleasing and direct natural wine, with dominant notes of red raspberry, blackberry and violet. The 2019 is similar to the 2018 - perhaps a bit darke fruited, but playing all of the same notes: a joy in the glass and an incredible value at this price. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Bengoetxe 2019 Getariako Txakolina

Iñaki and Rosa Maria Etxeberria produce Bengoetxe in the cool, very green Basque country on the border with France. The humid climate and the influence of the Atlantic Ocean yield wines with lots of bright acidity grown from native grapes (in this case, Hondarribi Zuri and a tiny bit of Gros Manseng). The Exeberrias pursue a lower-intervention and more serious style of Txakoli, harvesting by hand, fermenting with native yeasts, and resting for a full year on the lees in steel tanks before bottling without captured CO2. Bengoetxe is from vineyards from a slightly warmer site, and the wine shows rich citrus,  melon, smoke and herbs on the palate. The 2019 is outrageously good, a total knockout for the price: long and extremely mineral on the palate, with brilliant acidity and freshness. I don't know if I'll manage to save a bottle or two (as it is so very tasty right now), but my feeling is that is could also age quite brilliantly. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bodegas Akutain 2018 Rioja Alta

Juan Peñagaricano Akutain worked at CVNE and La Rioja Alta before planting his own vineyard in Rioja Alta in 1975. Ever since, he and his son, Jon Peñagaricano, have sought to produce classicly styled Rioja wines at a smaller scale, sourcing grapes from their own plots, which they work without chemicals and harvest by hand. Since 2015 they have produced this wine, a Cosecha (unaged) Rioja, fermenting Tempranillo and a little bit of Garnacha in fiberglass and resting the wine in the same container before bottling without fining or filtering. The 2018 shows the terroir of Rioja Alta without any distractions: it is a wine of pure fruit and earth. Notes of ripe cherry abound on the nose, interspersed with notes of green tobacco and earth. The palate follows, with similar pretty cherry quality and a long and broad clay-y minerality. This is a cosecha Rioja, without oak or long aging, and as a result it is much lighter than the wines that many think of as Rioja: it is perfectly suited to drinking with a slight chill into the summer. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Bodegas Bhilar 2015 Rioja Phinca El Vedao

El Vedao is a subregion of Elvillar in the Rioja Alavesa that is predominantly planted with Garnacha. David Sampedro biodynamically farms three plots of Garnacha here (using only sulfur and whey in his treating of the vines), and their grapes find their way into this limited production bottling. The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand, then fermented with indigenous yeasts before maturing for two-and-a-half years in used French oak barrels. This is not the extracted, heavy Garnacha that has come to be associated with Aragon: instead it shows a delicate florality and abundant red fruit to complement notes of spice and earth. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bohigas 2019 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. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 57 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Camino Roca 2019 Altxerri Getariako

Camino Roca is an organic winery in the Basque country of Spain, producing traditional Txakolina with native yeasts and no additives other than a modest amount of SO2. This is classic Txakoli, crisp, refreshing and light with a light buzz of effervescence. There are notes of lime juice, salt, around a mineral core. A great choice for spring sipping or with lighter seafood!

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Castellroig 2019 Penedès Rosat (Still) de Roselles

Marcel of Castellroig makes this still rosat from Ull de Llebre, or Tempranillo, with the same diligent and thoughtful work that he puts into his Cavas. The grapes are grown organically, hand harvested and given a very short maceration on their skins before  fermenting in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. This year the Roselles is a pale salmon pink, with a beautiful and delicate nose of sea salt and fine red fruits. The palate is totally dry, with a core of chalky minerality and notes of strawberry and raspberry. A very joyful, very Mediterranean rosat! Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 18 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

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
  • 28 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Castellroig NV Penedes Corpinnat Brut Rosat

A treat for lovers of Castellroig, the Rosat is a refreshing rosè sparkling wine made from organically farmed Garnacha and Trepat grapes, fermented with native yeasts, and aged a minimum of 18 months on the lees before disgorgement. A lovely, rosy watermelon hue, dry and frothy, with deep and delicious flavors of raspberry, cranberry, orange rind, sea salt, and Mediterranean herbs. This rosat is always cold in our fridge at home, ready for smoked salmon brunch, a sardine snack, and fish from the grill. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Celler del Roure 2018 Valencia Vermell

Vermell is a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and the unique local red grape Mandó, from Celler del Roure outside Valencia. The grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel and stone lagar, before aging in very old amphorae in cellar of the centuries-old winery. The wine is medium bodied, with notes of red fruit and earth. The very old amphorae have a different effect than younger clay vessels - something on the finish that I've had trouble describing but find very nice.  A new favorite for me in the below twenty category, and a great introduction to the wines of Celler del Roure. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Celler Les Foes 2018 Castellon de la Plana Les Foes

Les Foes is whole cluster Garnacha from a 10 year old vineyard in Castellón, Valencia, planted, farmed and vinified by Roger Diaz, who is also a high school history teacher. Diaz farms his vines organically, with biodynamic treatments, and approaches winemaking in a very low-intervention style: fermentation is whole-cluster with natural yeasts in used barrels, and he never uses sulfur or other additives. When people think of Garnacha and Valencia they likely imagine a full-bodied, high alcohol wine, but this is fresh and bright with a joyous nose of earth, flowers and cherries and blackberries. On the palate it is truly refreshing and friendly, with soft notes of perfectly ripe strawberry, cherry, and spice. There's something special and beguiling about this bottle that kept me coming back for another sip over and over. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Celler Pardas (R. Parera & J. Arnan) 2018 Penedes Blau Cru (Malvasia de Sitges)

Ramon Parera and Jordi Arnan have been making wines under the Celler Pardas label since 1996,  when they acquired an old estate in Alt Penedès. They have a passion for the traditional grape varieties of the region, and this wine epitomizes that passion, reviving an old and rare grape variety. Malvasia de Sitges (also known as Malmsey in Madeira or Malvasia di Lipari in Sicily) has a fascinating history as a (very, very old) grape used for the production of sweet wines, often made from dried grapes. Today, it is nearly extinct in Catalonia, where it is found on only about 2.5 hectares (at least as of 2010 or so, according to Jancis Robinson). As a result, this is the first dry wine that I've ever tasted made entirely from this variety (with the possible exception of wines from the Canary Islands, however I think that those wines come from the distinct Malvasia de Lanzarote grape...). Based on this wine, I would love to taste more!  Pardas Blau Cru is a stunner, with electric, nervy acidity, beautiful citrus, stone fruit, and sea salt on the palate, and a delicately floral nose. There's a bit of body, and lots of mineral structure from the clay-limestone soils characteristic of this area of the Alt Penedès round out the palate. A great wine that expresses the nexus of tradition and innovation that characterizes Catalan wine these days! Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $23.99

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $224.99

Costers del Priorat 2017 Priorat Petit Pissarres

Costers del Priorat's Petit Pissarres is 60% Garnacha Tinto and 40% Samso (a.k.a. Carignan), from organically farmed vineyards planted on the unique slate soils of Priorat. The Llicorella, or decomposed slate,, and the vintage's warmth, lend this wine a bold, dense character, but also  mineral lift. The fruit character is dark, suggesting plum, blackberry, and black currant on the nose, while the palate is more lifted with notes of cherry, blueberry and blackberry around a core of slate-y minerality, with just a touch of oak spice. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 59 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Cuevas de Arom 2015 Campo de Borja As Ladieras

The Campo de Borja in Aragon, west of Catalonia, is known for its bush-trained Garnacha vines planted on sloped vineyards, and this wine, from Fernando Mora, Francisco Latasa and Mario López of Cuevas de Arom expresses the potential of these vines to produce wines of intensity and lift. As Ladieras is from three vineyards of roughly 40 year-old vines on slate-limestone slopes, which were harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged in a mix of concrete and both old and new barriques. On the nose, it shows spicy and ripe red and purple fruits, and the palate is long with dense red fruits balanced by nice minerality, well-integrated tannins, and just a touch of oak spice.  An outstanding value for drinking this summer! Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Espelt 2018 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 (Catalan 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, tropical fruit, and golden apple, flecked with white pepper and silky  florals, anchored by a  firm mineral spine. Fresh and versatile!

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Esteban Celemin Viticultor 2017 Melquiades Tinta de Toro

This is Esteban Celemín’s Tinta de Toro, made in the opulent style that is characteristic of the region. He named it for his grandfather, in honor of the hard work that he and his generation did in the region. Esteban works with four organically farmed, unirrigated vineyards in four different villages of Toro, seeking grapes that will complement each other, and with the intensity to handle the high alcohol and intensity that the heat, sun, and soil of Toro produces. 2017 was a hot, early, fully ripe vintage, and this is a natural wine that definitely translates the power and intensity of Toro’s terroir. Esteban destems the grapes entirely and lets the skins macerate for more than a month. Fermentation takes place in a single new French oak barrel, where the wine rests for one year before being moved to used barrels for a further year of rest. Melquiades shows intense blackberry, cacao, and game notes on the nose, and the palate echoes them with plenty of cigar-box spice, tobacco, blackberry and cassis. My feeling is that this wine will integrate further over the next few years, but there’s tons of pleasure to be had right now.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Esteban Celemin Viticultor 2017 Monemvasia del Duero

100% Malvasia (of some sort?). Malvasia has had a presence in the area of Castronuño for a very long time but was often pulled up and replaced with Doña Blanca or Chasselas in the last 50 years. Esteban found these vines near a vineyard of Albillo Real that he is working with and hypothesized that they are remnants of Malvasia plantings from long ago that made their way to the area from the Canary Islands or from Madeira. The vines are farmed organically and vinified in a traditional style in large barrels where the skins gently macerate in the juice for three months. This method does not impart a lot of orange color to wine, but the influence of the skins in texture, tannin, and flavor is clear. Aromatically, this recalls other orange wines made from Malvasia that I’ve tasted, with lots of jasmine, ginger, and stone fruit notes on the nose. The palate is dense, textured, and concentrated but still possesses a balanced, mineral acidity. Truly a fascinating and refreshing orange wine!

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Esteban Celemin Viticultor 2017 Ultimas Huellas Tempranillo

100% Tempranillo, from a single, very dry vineyard of 16-year-old vines on sandy, nutrient-poor soils in Castronuño. Esteban Celemín farms the plot organically, without irrigation and with some biodynamic treatments. Vinification is very traditional, with some stem inclusion and a gentle, 3-4-week maceration with no punch-downs. Don’t let the relatively high alcohol scare you – this is a medium-bodied natural wine with a refined texture and lots of pretty red and dark fruit. The careful winemaking preserves the grape’s acidity and brightness despite the ripeness, giving notes of clove, raspberry, and black cherry on the nose. The palate is raspberry and cherry, with some notes of leather and warming spice around a cooling, flinty mineral core. A great – and really singular – expression of natural Tempranillo from the continental climate of Castronuño. 1200 bottles made.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Esteban Celemin Viticultor 2018 Senora Vale Albillo Real

100% Albillo Real, from Esteban Celemín’s vineyard that he planted in 2014 with clonal selections from surrounding, ancient ungrafted vineyards. The soils in this plot are particularly chalky – unusual in the area, where most soils are clay or sand. In 2018, he harvested this vineyard last, seeking to get the greatest amount of ripeness and concentration possible from these younger vines. Farming is organic, with some biodynamic treatments, and vinification is very traditional: the grapes are foot trodden, then pressed slowly and gently with a basket press into five old 225L French oak barrels, where native yeast fermentation takes place and the finished wine ages for 10 months. In contrast to Las Avutardas, Señora Vale shows slightly brighter fruit notes: white and yellow flowers, freshly sliced apples, green herbs, and Bosc pear on the nose. The palate has a juicier texture as well, with a bright seam of chalky minerality surrounded by notes of bosc pear, butter, and apple. Like Las Avutardas, I think this is a great choice for anyone who enjoys the white wines of the Rhone, or even Chardonnays from warmer sites.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Esteban Celemin Viticultor 2018 Tinajas de Albillo Real

100% Albillo Real from vines around Castronuño. This is Esteban’s expression of the traditional, slightly oxidative skin-contact wines of the region, made in the classical clay tinaja or amphora. The Albillo Real grapes’ thin skins macerate gently in the juice for 40 days, lending little in the way of color but plenty of flavor and texture. The nose is bright but very bold, with notes of apricot, orange peel, and citrus, while the palate shows concentrated apricot, peach, and pear alongside savory density. The clay and the skins give this a truly unique texture that I find simultaneously substantial and truly refreshing.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Esteban Celemin Viticultor 2018 Verdeja Le Dicen....

Verdeja is the local name for old, pre-clonal selection Verdejo in Castronuño and Toro, and while this wine shows plenty of Verdejo character this is clearly not a wine trying to be Verdejo from Rueda! Embracing Verdejo’s tendency towards oxidation, Esteban Celemín makes this wine in the traditional method of this region, with 1-2 days of skin contact and the inclusion of some raisinated grapes. The result is a very highly concentrated, but totally dry, expression of Verdejo. This shows appealing ripe green herb (fennel, coriander, celery) notes intermingled with charred lemon notes on the nose, and the palate is dense with plenty of mineral acidity and citrus and stone-fruit notes.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

Finca Sabate i Coca 2014 Corpinnat Mosset

Mosset is a new Brut Nature Corpinnat from Marcel. I like to think of it as the next step up from the Brut Reserva: clearly more serious and more interesting than the entry-level bottling, but approachable enough in price and character to enjoy with abandon. As a non-dosage sparkling, you can expect a generally more intense character, but the long lees aging lends this wine a creamy, almost plush mouthfeel with very well integrated bubbles. What is most exciting for me about this wine is the herbal character that reflects the terroir of the vineyards with lots of fennel, anise, and rosemary on the nose. These herbal notes would complement all of the flavors of the Thanksgiving for other holiday table, and this very dry sparkler would be great to drink with dinner. Ben Fletcher

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Goyo Garcia Viadero 2018 Ribera del Duero Joven de Viñas Viejas

Goyo Garcia Viadero produces small amounts of elegant, minimal intervention Ribera del Duero from high elevation plots planted with old vines of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). The Joven is a great introduction to Goyo Garcia's unique style. From a single vineyard of 35 year-old vines at about 860 meters of elevation, the grapes for the Joven are hand-harvested, destemmed, and then fermented with indigenous yeasts in steel tank. There is no fining or filtration before bottling, and no added SO2. For a Joven wine, this is strikingly serious and thoughtful without being heavy or extracted. Red and black fruits, with spice and violet show expressively on the nose after 30 minutes open, while the palate is a bit darker and more savory, with taut acidity, pretty tannins and a long finish that would pair nicely with sausages, lamb, or beef. (Wine arrives 3/12/20)  Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Goyo Garcia Viadero 2019 Ribera del Duero Garcia Georgieva Malvasia

I adore the wines of Goyo Garcia Viadero, who is making natural wines in Ribera del Duero with his wife Diana Semova Geogieva. They farm high altitude plots of old vines, vinify in a traditional and low-intervention fashion with indigenous yeasts and without sulfur additions, and produce wines of great complexity and elegant beauty. This bottling, 100% Malvasia from old vines macerated on the skins, is a new addition to their line-up. Tasting it in Mid-July, it impressed me immensely. The nose is redolent of exotic spice (white tea, allspice, star anise) , roasted almond, and stone fruit, while the palate shows apricot, peach and jasmine, with bright notes of ginger. The skin-contact grants delicate, refined tannins and rich, waxy body to the wine. Truly, one of my favorite "orange wines" that I've ever encountered: intense, elegant, and memorable. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Isaac Cantalapiedra 2017 Rueda Cantayano Verdejo

Isaac Cantalapiedra and his son Manuel work their organically farmed family plots of Verdejo in their homeland of Rueda to produce wines that show the terroir, density, and authentic character of Verdejo that is so hard to find. Cantayano, their “village” wine is from 3 plots around La Seca, all hand harvested, macerated briefly on the skins, and fermented in mainly steel vats with some used barrels. The wine is raised on the lees for 8 months before bottling. On the nose, Cantayano shows stone fruit, apple, and herbaceous notes, while the palate is surprising dense, with a beautiful seam of acidity. A lovely and affordable Spanish white wine that shows the potential of Verdejo when the grape variety is treated with respect. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

López de Heredia 2011 Rioja Viña Cubillo Crianza

Cubillo, the Lopez de Heredia Crianza wine, could easily be classifed as a Reserva were it from another estate. It comes from the Viña Cubillas vineyard , which issituated on 40 hectares along the Ebro roughly four kilometers from Haro, at a slightly lower elevation than the El Bosque vineyard. The vineyard consists of two plots: "La Encina" and "La Monja." Both vineyards are planted exclusively with red grapes, and are used solely in the production of the Vina Cubillo bottling. (Information comes from the Lopez de Heredia website.)

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

Losada, Diego (La Senda) 2019 Bierzo Tinto 'Vindemiatrix'

Vindemiatrix is Diego Losada’s most affordable and approachable wine, from 7 plots of mostly Mencia on Bierzo’s valley floor (around 500m above sea level). These sites are drier and somewhat warmer than the other plots that go into Losada’s other wines, but on similar clay-limestone soils. Vinification is the same also, following Diego Losada’s low-intervention approach: hand-harvested in early September, fermentation and brief maceration in concrete tanks, and then 7 months of resting in the same vessels, and finally racking into bottles. 2019 was a bit warm, and the Vindemiatrix is fruit forward, with black cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes complemented by refreshing mineral acidity. An incredible value from one of the most exciting winemakers in Bierzo! Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2017 Vinos de Madrid A dos tiempos

Alfredo Maestro Tejero makes  'A dos tiempos' from a vineyard of equal parts Garnacha and Tempranillo near Navalcarnero, just south west of Madrid. The grapes are hand harvested in two tries about three weeks apart, first the Garnacha then the Tempranillo, then destemmed and fermented in a stainless steel vat before resting for 6 months in neutral oak. Harvest, fermentation and bottling are done without any additives and without sulfur. The resulting wine is dense, medium to full bodied, and characterized by intense notes of red fruit, bitter herbs and earthy minerality. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Maestro Tejero, Alfredo 2019 Castilla y León Amanda Rosado de Lagrima

Amanda comes from Alfredo Maestro's old vines of Garnacha Tintorera, planted on clay-limestone soils at about 850m of elevation. While this is certainly a rose wine, it's color and red fruit flavors come from the red-hued flesh of the grapes, rather than from the skins: the grapes are pressed directly, without contact with the skins. This yields a deeply colored but translucent wine, with notes of cherry and raspberry on the nose and an electric red fruit palate with delicate tannins and a vibrant seam of limestone minerality. An outstanding rose wine with lots of character.

  • rosé
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

Nanclares 2017 / 2018 A Senda Vermella Tinto

Alberto Nanclares and Silvia Prieto make some of our favorite Albarinos. Recently, they've also been making some very interesting red wines from Rias Baixas (and also a small project in Ribeiro). A Senda Vermella hails from organically farmed plots of Caino and Mencia in Rias Baixas, around the villages of Cambados,  Vilanova and Barro. 80% of the juice is from the 2018 harvest, picked in September, fermented whole-cluster, and aged in a blend of very old French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. The other 20% comes from the 2017 vintage (far cooler than the 2018 vintage), which saw the same treatment and had aged on its lees in used barrels since the previous winter. Once united, the wine aged a further 9 months on its lees before being bottled without fining or filtering and with just a touch of SO2. The bottled wine rested for a further 10 months before release. This is outstanding: delicate, defined, and elegant. On the nose, plenty of crushed black pepper, delicate herbaceous notes, and crushed raspberry and blackberry. The palate is light and fresh, showing more Caino than Mencia: red berries, thyme, black pepper, around a mineral core. Complex, but so appealing that it disappears fast - qualities that this wine shares with the Nanclares y Prieto Albarinos. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Rías Baixas Albariño Soverriba Viña del Mochuelo

Soverribas is consistently an exceptional expression of Albariño at the highest level, and the 2018 is exactly that. Citrus, briny sea air and fresh cut green herbs unite on the nose, and the palate answers with peach and rock salt around a core of long, intense stony acidity. From a single southwest-facing vineyard (called Paraje Manzaniña), the grapes are harvested in September, pressed whole cluster and fermented with native yeasts then rested on the lees in a very large old oak barrel for 11 months, with bâtonnage for the first three. Bottled without fining or filtering and with only a modest amount of sulfur. This was a bit tight, and could use either a year or two (or  maybe even longer?) or a lengthy decant. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Rías Baixas Albariño Tinaja

La Tinaja de Aranzazu is Alberto and Silvia's wine made in Tinaja, the traditional amphorae used for hundreds of years in Spanish winemaking. The grapes come from the Paraje Mina vineyard (Alberto's home vineyard) and another old plot of vines on sandy granitic soils. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed whole cluster to ferment with their native yeasts in two tinajas, where the wine then rested for nine months on its lees, with weekly bâtonnage at the start. The tinajas impart a denser, richer texture to this wine, but the core is pure Albariño acidity, with salty, stone-fruit aromas and a long, dense palate. Like the other single-vineyard releases from Nanclares, this could probably use either a long decant or some time in bottle. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2019 Rias Baixas Dandelion Albariño

Alberto Nanclares and his wife are making expressive, exciting wines from Albarino and other local grapes in Rias Baixas. This wine is from multiple sites in Cambados on granitic and sandy soils. The vines range in age from 30 to 60 years, a the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in small tanks for close to a year. The 2019 is a stunning expression of focused, acid-driven Albarino, with notes of lime, sea shell, and the slightest tinge of tropicality. An absolute favorite of the whole staff here. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

Oriol Artigas (Bardissots) 2019 Alella Oriental Blanco

The Bardissots wines are a collaboration between Oriol Artigas and his former students Pepe and Pilar, and the Oriental labels are the newest additions to the line up. From young (six year old) vines of Moscatel (the white) and Ull de Llebre (also known as Tempranillo, for the red) planted in sandy soils by the beach near Alella, that are harvested quite early. These are light, fresh, natural wines with lots of Mediterranean character. The white, which sees six days of gentle skin contact, is appealing and refreshing with just a touch of Muscat floral character next to refreshing notes of lemon and sea-salt. Great fun! Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas (Bardissots) 2019 Alella Oriental Negre

The Bardissots wines are a collaboration between Oriol Artigas and his former students Pepe and Pilar, and the Oriental labels are the newest additions to the line up. From young (six year old) vines of Moscatel (the white) and Ull de Llebre (also known as Tempranillo, for the red) planted in sandy soils by the beach near Alella, that are harvested quite early. These are light, fresh, natural wines with lots of Mediterranean character. The red, which is just a touch darker than a rose, is a fascinating and bright red wine to serve with a chill: the zippy acid core is bright and refreshing, surrounded by pretty red berry fruits and saltiness.  Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Canya

La Canya is a blend of grapes from two sites: Garnatxa Blanca (80%) from a vineyard near the Mediterranean and Godello (20%) from the Mas Pelliser vineyard which surrounds Oriol's winery. The grapes are harvested at the same time, pressed together to macerate with skins for about two days, then co-fermented before raising in stainless steel tanks. Compared to the Pansa Blanca wines from Oriol, this wine shows more fruit character. The nose shows aromas of ripe apple, pear, and yellow flowers, while the palate has bright citrus and orchard fruit notes, like lemon juice squeezed on freshly-cut yellow apples. There's a salty, mineral core to the wine, which lends structure and a long finish. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella El Rall

Oriol Artigas organically farms 7.5 hectares of very old vines in Alella, just north of Barcelona. His approach in the vineyard is  low-impact, influenced by biodynamics: he does not do much pruning, encourages the growth of supportive plants among the vines, and follows the lunar calendar. El Rall is a new bottling from Oriol, from old vines of Merlot, Syrah, Garnatxa and Sumoll, vinified in stainless steel, some macerated whole cluster and some pressed directly, bottled without fining, filtering, or any additions. El Rall shows pretty green notes from the Merlot alongside bright and refreshing red and purple fruit and a bit of Syrah spice. At 12.5%, this bottling is more substantial and dense than Oriol's other red wines, but still refreshing and cooling, with delicate tannins. Serve with a bit of a chill. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Óscar Olmos 2017 Jumilla Monastrell La Princesa

We had been looking for a well balanced, approachable Spanish Monastrell from Jumilla for a while, and I'm happy to say Oscar Olmos' La Princesa from Jumilla hits the spot! From organic, dry-farmed vineyards on limestone soils, this 100% Monastrell preserves freshness and acidity while displaying the grape variety's classic dark fruit, game and leather notes. Vinification is entirely in neutral wood, and the extraction must not be overly long (sadly, I don't have information on this), as the tannins, acid, and fruit are all in very nice balance. A great wine for steaks and stews this winter. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

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

Pepe Raventós stepped outside of the Cava appellation in 2012 to create the Conca del Riu Anoia designation. The de Nit rosé was the first Conca wine and continues to sate and impress us with its lively expression of calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. This is an incredibly versatile sparkler that has crisp, pretty stone fruit and light raspberry fruit with a gorgeous minerality. AR

  • rosé sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ruben Diaz 2017 Sierra de Gredos Cebreros Paso de Cebra

This 100% Garnacha wine from the Gredos is one of my favorite summer bargains: great for barbecues, grilling and steak all summer long. Paso de Cebra is a blend from 7 vineyards of old Garnacha vines planted on high altitude (~1100 meters) granitic sandy soils in the mountains west of Madrid. This well-balanced wine shows the trademark bright acidity of the Gredos terroir against full and dense dark fruits over a cooling granitic minerality. Drink this wine slightly cool with anything off the grill this summer! Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ruben Diaz 2019 Sierra de Gredos Cebreros Chasselas Dore

Ruben Diaz makes this  delicate orange wine from old Chasselas vines in the Gredos Mountains. The maceration of the juice on the skins is gentle and relatively brief (about a week), and the resulting wine is  salty, with notes of citrus and stone fruit.  A  beautiful introduction to orange wines, and a really food friendly expression of Chasselas.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Somoza 2016 Valdeorras Godello "Neno"

Viña Somoza is a pioneering winery working to revive Godello, the indigenous white grape of Valdeorras. Javier Garcia works a number of vineyards throughout Valdeorras, all planted to Godello, which has been reestablished as the region's premier white grape after years of dominance by relatively neutral Palomino. Godello has nice texture and weight (especially when raised on the lees, as Neno is), but balanced by a fine and bright acidity. Neno shows the fullness characteristic of Godello with some leesy texture and notes of pear and apple, but also fine acidity (especially in the 2016 vintage) and cooling minerality. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

  • No Sulfur

Venus La Universal 2017 Montsant Dido Blanco

Montsant is better known for its red wines, but this fresh and interesting white from Sara and René of Venus La Universal makes a strong case for the region's whites. Made from 50% Macabeu, 40% Garnatxa Blanca and 10% Cartoixa  aka Xarel-lo from organic vineyards, roughly 20% of the grapes are macerated on the skin for 24 hours (providing a soft, complex textural structure to the finished wine) while the remainder are directly pressed into clay amphorae and large old barrels.  Dido Blanc shows the influence of the poor decomposed granitic soils of Falset. These soils and the warm climate help promote full ripening and exuberant fruitiness, while the granite simultaneously expresses itself in the wine with balancing minerality and acidity. This was outstanding with buttery, garlicky shrimp over rice with lime and cilantro and would be similarly well-suited to other flavorful seafood dishes, I think. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Venus La Universal 2018 Montsant Dido Blanco

Montsant is better known for its red wines, but this fresh and interesting white from Sara and René of Venus La Universal makes a strong case for the region's whites. Made from 50% Macabeu, 40% Garnatxa Blanca and 10% Cartoixa  aka Xarel-lo from organic vineyards, roughly 20% of the grapes are macerated on the skin for 24 hours (providing a soft, complex textural structure to the finished wine) while the remainder are directly pressed into clay amphorae and large old barrels.  Dido Blanc shows the influence of the poor decomposed granitic soils of Falset. These soils and the warm climate help promote full ripening and exuberant fruitiness, while the granite simultaneously expresses itself in the wine with balancing minerality and acidity. This was outstanding with buttery, garlicky shrimp over rice with lime and cilantro and would be similarly well-suited to other flavorful seafood dishes, I think. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $27.99

Vera de Estenas 2018 Utiel Requena Bobal

I never know quite what to say about Bobal. Probably the best note is "plummy" but this can be taken in many different directions. Good Bobal wines, like this one, conjure the image of fresh plums - less-good bobals often make me think of cooked plums or even fruitcake! But 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. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Vina Mein 2017 Ribeiro Blanco

The Mein vineyard surrounds the old San Clodio monastery in Ribeiro's Avia valley, on the region's classic sandy granitic soils.  Winemaking has a long history here as a project first of the Romans, and then the region's monastic orders. In 1988, the vineyard was replanted to local varieties, first white then red, by Javier Alén and his associates. Since then, the Vina Mein wines have been models for the revitalization of traditional winemaking in Ribeiro, and have evolved towards a bright, dense, style emphasizing purity of fruit: fermented and aged in stainless steel, the wines spend an extended period on the lees to contribute structure and body. The 2017 shows ripe apple, peach and tropical notes on the nose, while the palate is generously peachy and very mineral. The finish is broad and granitic, and this is a great late summer and fall white wine, suited to a range of foods or sipping on its own. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Viña Zorzal 2018 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. Ariana Rolich 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $12.99

Vinos Subterraneos 2015 Laguardia - Alava Wipe Out

Gaby Ameztoy is making classic Rioja from organically farmed vines in Rioja Alavesa using traditional methods. Starting off sourcing grapes from different established vineyards, he has since acquired his own vines and built a cellar. Wipe Out is his lighter wine, unoaked and a bit carbonic, but still plush and medium-bodied. The nose is clear, expressive Tempranillo with red cherry, earth and citrus qualities and the palate follows with cherry, cooling minerality, integrated tannins, and balancing acidity. A robust red that will nonetheless work very well in the heat of the summer with all sorts of grilled fare. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic