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Fresh whites, fun sparklers, light reds, and rosés from Spain are streaming in this week, just in time for Labor Day weekend celebrations -- barbecues, lazy days at the beach, and picnics in the park.
Highlights include eagerly awaited new vintages of Lovamor Albillo and Amanda Rosado from our friend Alfredo Maestro in the Ribera del Duero; the new vintage of Correcaminos White from the finest Verdejo producer in Spain, Ismael Gozalo of MicroBio; and a trio of popping-fresh wines from Toni Carbó of Celler La Salada: a zesty white pét nat and two fascinating wines made from a biodynamically farmed field blend of ancient Catalan varieties Sumoll, Roigenc, Mandó, Cannonau, Monica, Torbat, Parellada and Xarello. One is sparkling, minerally, and pale golden peach in color; the other is still, with juicy fruit, and light red in color. It is a treat to try these wines side-by-side. (All of the above are made with no additions of SO2.)
These wines are available individually or all together at a special mixed case price, along with the fantastic new vintage of Quinta Milú (Ribera del Duero), fun and funky light reds from Finca Parera (Penedès) and Josep Foraster (Conca de Barberà), casually priced but seriously structured Garnacha from RuBor in the Sierra de Gredos, an exciting new white from the obscure Eva de los Santos grape (Extremadura), and the first-ever rosé from Manchuela's master of Bobal, Juan Antonio Ponce!
All selections are farmed organically (some biodynamically) and vinified with no or low SO2 additions. Cheers! Ariana Rolich
I love a good rosé and the 2016 Amanda Rosado from Alfredo Maestro does not disappoint. 100% Garnacha Tintorera primarily from a single vineyard of 60-year-old vines planted on calcareous clay soils at 850 meters altitude in the province of Segovia, this rosé is vibrant, juicy, and packed with a ton of flavors. Displaying a bouquet of wild strawberries, boysenberry, rhubarb and citrus fruit, with some spice and floral undertones, this dry wine is deliciously luscious with its high minerality, great acidity, and medium body. Pair this wine with fun light dishes such as grilled seafood and Asian-inspired meals. Caroline Coursant
2017 Late Summer Spanish Mixed Case* includes a fabulous array of organic, biodynamic, low- and no-SO2 selections, including Maestro 2016 Lovamor, Maestro 2016 Amanda Rosado, La Salada 2016 Tinc Set, La Salada 2016 Roig Boig Pet Nat, La Salada 2016 Roig Boig, MicroBio 2016 Correcaminos Blanco, Cerro La Barca 2016 Eva de los Santos, Ponce 2016 Cañadas Rosé, Quinta Milu 2016 Ribera del Duero, Finca Parera 2016 Fins Als Kullons, Foraster 2015 Trepat Garnacha Peluda, RuBor Viticultores 2014 Protocolo Zero Tinto. *Out-of-stock items will be replaced with wines of comparable price and quality.
Lovamor is Alfredo Maestro's perennially sought-after white wine of 100% Albillo Mayor, a rare white variety in the 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 minerally. Aromas of orange peels and white pepper lead to crisp, nuanced flavors of tart golden fruit, ripe orange, crunchy rocks and salt, and a tickle of tannins from the skins. Light enough for seafood and apéritifs, but delicious with some air alongside poultry, pork, fish and roasted vegetables with herbs. Ariana Rolich
Ismael Gozalo's MicroBio cellar in the the tiny town of Nieva (Segovia) is lined with vessels of every kind, filled with a dazzling range of Verdejo wines from his family's organically farmed vines, some up to 200 years old. Correcaminos is the entry-level wine for MicroBio, but chances are still good that you've never tasted Verdejo this genuine, fresh, textured, and downright gorgeous. Swirls of citrus -- lemonade, lime zest, orange blossoms -- dance with lemon balm, sea salt, minerals. Consume Correcaminos closer to room temperature for the full experience! Ariana Rolich
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, with vibrant flavors of golden pear, green apple skins, crisp peach, salty yeast, and crunchy mineral length. Exuberant and fresh, with creamy, earthy underpinnings, vinified and bottled with no added SO2. Tinc Set is a perfect holiday apéritif, alongside grilled oysters and charcuterie, or to keep spirits bright throughout long holiday feasts! Ariana Rolich
A fascinating pét nat from a field blend of ancient Catalan varieties Sumoll, Roigenc, Mandó, Cannonnau, Monica, Torbat, Parellada and Xarello planted on calcareous-clay soils in 2006. Winemaker Toni Carbó farms his vineyards organically and biodynamically in Penedes, the heart of Cava country - but don't expect Cava from this bottle! Pale peachy gold, with gentle bubbles, tart acidity, and refreshing spring water minerality accompanied by delicate flavors of peach skins, grapefruit pith, and not-quite-ripe tropical fruit like mango and guava. A thirst-quenching aperitif and delightful pairing for shellfish, smoked salmon, pasta with pesto, and charcuterie. Ariana Rolich
Roig Boig red is delicious, juicy and bright, flaunting fruitier flavors than the sparkling Roig Boig, and a light red hue (due to a longer maceration on part of the blend). Winemaker Toni Carbo planted this field blend of ancient Catalan varieties Sumoll, Roigenc, Mandó, Cannonnau, Monica, Torbat, Parellada and Xarello on calcareous-clay soils in 2006. Served with a light chill, this food-friendly, summery red is full of fresh cherry, herbal raspberry, red currant, and pink grapefruit, with salty minerals, and pretty florals on the finish. Ariana Rolich
Fragrant, lively, inexpensive and certified organic, Vegas Altas white is one of the most complex and delicious Spanish values in recent memory. Inviting and dry, medium modied, with flavors of crisp ripe pear, green melon, lavender, almond, and apple blossoms, this is our first experience with Eva de Los Santos, a local grape from Extremadura (the dramatically beautiful region bordering Portugal in western Spain). Enjoy with seafood, fish in sauce, poultry, cheeses, and vegetarian meals. Ariana Rolich
This is the first rosé made by Juan Antonio Ponce, who is the master of Bobal in his high-altitude home region of Manchuela. At a recent tasting with Juan Antonio, he explained that this wine was made at the request of his brother, a blend of red Bobal with 10% white Albilla, pressed all together and aged for 6-7 months in neutral barrel. Light and textured, with creamy tropical notes, blood orange, and gritty minerality, Las Cañadas is a beautiful new value in the rosé department. Ariana Rolich
Ruben Parera thrills us with this racy, delicious light-bodied blend of biodynamically-farmed Sumoll, Xarello, and Garnacha Blanca, vinified and bottled with no added SO2 in a liter-sized bottle. Textured and bright, with juicy black cherries, red currant, and crisp pears, sultry hibiscus, and a cool mineral finish. The entire Chambers Street staff has been drinking this chilled red all summer long! Ariana Rolich
Josep Foraster was my introduction to Trepat -- the pale, refreshing, herb-tinged red from the Conca de Barberà region of Catalonia in northern Spain. This Trepat is deepened and darkened with the addition of 30% Garnacha Peluda, an equally intriguing grape (that pops up in French Catalonia as Lledoner Pelut). The blend is tart and refreshing, with medium weight and lots of depth: purple florals, crushed purple berries, and tart black plum, with hints of earthy licorice, salt, streaks of graphite-like minerality, and herbal Mediterranean garrigue. Serve chilled with burgers and grilled eggplant. Ariana Rolich.
Quinta Milú offers unrivaled quality, value, and sheer deliciousness among affordably-priced Ribera del Dueros. For this cuvée, German Blanco thoughtfully combines fruit from ten high altitude, organically farmed Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vineyards averaging 45-50 years old in the village of La Aguilera. The wine displays the fresh side of Tinto Fino, with juicy purple berry and earthy plum, vivacious acid, and just the right amount of tannin to make it a perfect pairing for casual weeknight meals. Ariana Rolich
Protocolo Zero is RuBor's first wine from a blend of vineyards, an exuberant and supple Garnacha, with exotic perfume 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 Sierra de Gredos' trademark acidity and minerality are energizing foils for this extravagantly delicious and affordable, full-bodied red. Ariana Rolich