Spain Fortified

  • white fortified
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • white fortified
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $299.99

  • white fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • white fortified
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

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

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
  • 16 in stock
  • $15.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 15 in stock
  • $10.99

Spain Table

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

Alvar de Dios Hernandez 2017 Toro Tio Uco

A native of southern Toro, Alvar de Dios honed his skills working with Fernando García at Bodegas Marañones (Sierra de Gredos) shuttling back and forth to Toro to farm 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. The 2017 is exuberantly aromatic, with ripe dark fruits and floral tones, and full-bodied but well-balanced on the palate. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Aroa 2018 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 palate is medium bodied and fresh, perfect for lighter fare or drinking on its own with a chill. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Artuke 2018 Rioja Red

Made of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Viura from Artuke's organically farmed family estate in the Rioja Alavesa, this wine is a great bargain. This is a traditionally-made Rioja with a freshness that most wines of the region don't have. Whole cluster fermented and raised in concrete tanks, the wine is juicy and floral with aromas of wild violets, ripe cherry, crushed red and purple berries, soft earth, and wild green herbs. Drink this wine with a slight chill and pair it with everything from pizza to paellas!

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Benito Santos 2019 Rias Baixas Albariño Saiar

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

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Berberana 1966 Carta de Oro Rioja Crianza

Berberana was founded in 1877 and their style is and was very traditional. As a result, the wines age well for a very long time. This bottle of 1966 Rioja was very much alive  when I tasted it in October: savory, integrated, and delicate, but still boldly red fruited and redolent of sandalwood, dried tobacco, and spice. It will need air (at least an hour) to come back to life when opened.  Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

Bodegas Albamar 2018 Rias Baixas O Sebal Albarino

Xurxo Alba is making a number of expressions of Albariño and other local Galician grapes in Cambados, in the Rías Baixas DOC in Galicia. His farming and winemaking are innovative and experimental, as he pursues organics and biodynamics in this challenging climate, ferments his wines exclusively with native yeasts, and adds little to no sulfur during production.  This is an extremely Atlantic-influenced area, and the wines show that influence clearly. The O Sebal comes from two vineyards, both outside the Rías Baixas appellation, on granite soils with a mix of old and young vines. This wine is unoaked, and uniquely among the Albamar wines, sees no addition of sulfur. A beautiful, vibrant Albariño with texture and delicate citrus fruit character. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bodegas Cota 45 2018 Ube de Uberrima Paganilla Barajuelas y Tosca Cerrada

Cota 45 is an exciting project of still and fortified wines from near Jerez. This, the Paganilla, is an unfortified white wine of Palomino Fino, aged under flor. A beautiful, slightly oxidative wine that expresses the bleached white soils and heat of Southern Spain: this shows notes of seashell, yellow apple, citrus, and bright, chalky minerality. A perfect accompaniment for anchovies, olives or other briny bright bites, this is also beautiful on its own. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 71 in stock
  • $12.99

Borja Perez Viticultores 2017 Tenerife Artifice Blanco

100% Listán Blanco from multiple parcels in Ycoden Daute Isora (northern Tenerife). Fermented separately, the wine is then aged for 8 months - a portion of the wine in concrete tanks on the lees and the other in 500 liter barrels - before being blended and bottled with minimal addition of sulfur. This iteration of the Artifice Blanco sees some skin contact, which adds subtle structure. Tropical aromatics blend with golden fruit and a touch of nuttiness. Really a step up for the Artifice label from Borja. No longer simple "intro to Canary Island wines," these are top quality offerings that get better each year, as Borja gains more experience and familiarity with the vineyards.   -EL

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Low Sulfur

Camino Roca 2018 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
  • 26 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

Carmelo Santana 2018 Gran Canarias Ikewen Tinto

Carmelo Santana is the new kid on the block for Canary Island wine. Hailing from Gran Canaria, the second most populous island in the Canaries, Carmelo studied winemaking in Chile, Bierzo (Spain), and the Douro (Portugal), before returning home to begin his winemaking project, Bien de Alutra ("good height"). The focus here is on preserving local grapes and reviving abandoned vineyard. All vineyard work is by hand, and farming is organic and biodynamic (though not certified). The grapes for the Ikewen tinto are sourced from old vines (on average 80 years old), growing between 1200-1460m (i.e. very high altitude). Grapes are macerated for a month, roughly half whole cluster and half destemmed, and aged both in 500L used French barrels and stainless steel, for 8 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered with a small amount of SO2. Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

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
  • 32 in stock
  • no discount
  • $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
  • 30 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Celler del Roure 2018 Valencia Cullerot Blanco

Celler del Roure is making very interesting wines  with local grape varieties in the Valencia area. Many of these old, indigenous varieties are largely forgotten and Cullerot highlights three of them (Verdil, Tortosina, and Merseguera) together with Pedro Ximénez, Macabeo, Malvasía,  and others. In addition to their focus on indigenous grape varieties, Celler del Roure is employing traditional vinifications methods: hand harvesting, fermenting with native yeasts in stone lagars, and aging in very old clay amphorae. Cullerot has a bit of skin contact, and is medium bodied with notes of stone fruit, tropical notes, apple skin, and clay-y minerality. A great, truly interesting, "almost-orange" skin contact white wine, for less than $20. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Celler Pardas (R. Parera & J. Arnan) 2017 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
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Celler Pardas (R. Parera & J. Arnan) 2018 Penedes Rupestris

Pardas is a winemaking project from Ramon Parera and Jordi Arnan in the Alt Penedes dating back to 1996. Their focus has been on old indigenous grape varieties of the region, and the Rupestris is mostly Xarel-lo with a small amount of Malvasia de Sitges, both classic grapes of the region. This is a great, fresh example of Penedès terroir, with a salty mineral core enveloped by notes of citrus, pear, and melon. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos Lentiscus 2013 Penedès Brut Rose

This is not a Brut Rosé for the faint-hearted! Dark, savory, peppery and unforgettable, it's formidable enough on its own, but may be best paired with food. Fried food, pan-Asian cuisine... the list is endless! It's quite structured for a sparkling wine, think more of a light Lambrusco than a sparkling rose, and you get the idea. Minerality here is expressed through some structure, and flavors of fresh soil. No SO2 added.   Eben

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Decima (Jose Manuel Rodriguez) 2016 Ribeira Sacra

100% Mencia: a great value expression of Ribeira Sacra!

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $15.99

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
  • 30 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

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
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finca Torremilanos 2018 Ribera del Duero Montecastrillo Tinto

This 100% Tempranillo wine from Ribera del Duero is a fantastic value from  biodynamically certified vineyards.  Coming from vines aged between 10- and 20-year-old, the wine is fermented for 9 days and then aged 80% in stainless steel and 20% in oak. This is a classic, fuller-bodied expression of warm climate Tempranillo: dark fruit, earth, a bit of leather and medium tannins are in balanced with freshness and some herbal character. A great wine for hearty weeknight fare, it can also stand up to steak or lamb. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fuenteseca 2018 Utiel Requena Bobal/Cabernet Sauvignon

This incredible bargain is a certified organic blend of mostly Bobal and some Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted at 1,000 meters altitude in the Utiel-Requena region of Spain. Dense and layered on the palate, the wine is full-bodied with good acidity and supple tannins.

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Goyo Garcia Viadero 2017 Ribera del Duero Graciano Finca Guijarrales

The story of the very small Finca Guijarrales begins with an accident: it was mistakenly planted with Graciano, instead of Tempranillo, about 40 years ago, when Goyo was a teenager. The vineyard lies about 880m above sea level, and the grapes for this wine are harvested by hand before macerating on their skins for 3 months and then resting for roughly a year in neutral French oak barrels. The wine is meaty and savory on the nose, with notes of ripe, crushed blackberry. The palate is finely tuned, with berry and earth notes framed by dusty, mouth-coating tannins and a delicately herbal finish. The character of Graciano is somewhat difficult to pin down, but this example shows the potential of the grape variety. (This wine arrives 3/12/20). Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • No 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
  • 33 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Juan Francisco Farina Perez 2017 Tenerife Valle de Guimar Los Loros Listan Negro

This is interesting - a red wine (almost entirely Listan Negro) from Valle de Güímar, an appellation on Tenerife practically exclusively planted with white grapes. The easterly facing valley is warm and temperate, and the wines are perhaps a bit plusher than is typical for the Canary Islands. Juan Francisco Farina Perez produces this wine with most of the red grapes from the valley, and it shows the classic savory, smoky and salty notes of Listan Negro from Canarias with a bit riper red fruit character on the palate. This was great with sausage and broccoli pasta. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

La Araucaria 2018 Tenerife Paraje La Perdoma Tinto

Dolores Cabrera tends four vineyards very old vines in the Valle de La Orotava, and the grapes for La Araucaria Tinto come from exclusively centenarian vines trained in the ultra-traditional local braided method, with long vines braided together on and supported in the air to facilitate airflow. These very special vines yield a very classic expression of Tenerife Listan Negro, that Cabrera destems and vinifies in stainless steel before bottling with minimal sulfur addition. The wine shows exuberant notes of cracked black pepper, red fruit, and volcanic soil. The palate is delicate but similarly expressive, with red tart cherry, exotic spices, and volcanic earth. An outstanding vintage of La Perdoma. I would open this about thirty minutes or an hour before drinking. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Low 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Coccinella Albariño

Coccinella comes from a single vineyard of own-rooted centenarian vines near Cambados in the Val do Salnes. Protected from phylloxera by its pure sand soils and facing north-west, this is a very special place with very special (nearly unique) vines. The 2018 vintage was largely rainy in coastal Galica but transitioned to warm and dry weather in August, allowing for a small crop of perfect grapes to be harvested in September. The grapes for Coccinella were hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in 400L used French oak barrel. Bâtonnage was employed for the first three months of one year of aging in wood,  and the wine was bottled without fining or filtering. This is an intensely mineral Albariño with great acidity and length, with floral, citrus and tropical fruit notes overlaid on briny, salty, stony minerality. While Coccinella is beautiful now, it deserves time in cellar or at the very least a long decant. 504 bottles produced. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Rías Baixas Albariño A Grano

The vineyard for A Graña is on sandy granitic soils and faces to the northeast. Alberto and Silvia harvest the grapes by hand, then press them whole cluster into a used 800L chestnut cask and small stainless steel tank to age on the lees for 11 months with some bâtonnage before bottling without fining or filtering. The result is a precise, acid-driven Albariño with a touch of broad, granitic minerality balanced by stone-fruit and salt. Of the single-vineyard Nanclares wines, this is a good choice for earlier drinking - with a long decant. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

  • 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Ribeira Sacra Miñato de Raña

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2016 Alella La Bestia

La Bèstia is Pansa Blanca from a very steep, west-facing vineyard called Vinya d'En Mundu. Soils here are Gneiss, and vines are almost 80 years old. The grapes are destemmed and there are five days of skin contact, but Oriol doesn't pump over or punch down, preferring an infusion style. Since the berries have very thick skins, he didn't want to extract too much tannin during maceration. There's a subtle oxidative lean to the wine, mixed with the characteristic saline quality inherent to Pansa Blanca. Delicate, but enveloping and layered with light tannin, and a mineral finish.Tasting this again in November of 2019, it has come together really beautifully - showing more stability and more intensity. A great expression of Pansa Blanca with skin contact.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Rumbera 1.5 L

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. La Rumbera comes from a selection of vineyards of old-vine Pansa Blanca, which are hand-harvested together. The grapes are destemmed, crushed, and allowed to ferment with 20% skin inclusion in stainless steel. There's no use of additives or sulfur in Oriol's small, manually operated cellar. The resulting wines are full of character: influenced by the chalk soils and marine air, and showing a slight skinsy body, there's a tension between textural richness and mineral-driven freshness. The 2018 vintage shows a delicate touch, with the palate and the nose highlighting the salt, sea air, and chalky mineral character of Pansa Blanca, with just a touch of citrus.  Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella Bardissots L'O

The Bardissots wines are a collaborative project between Oriol and two local winemakers, Pepe and Pilar. L'O is 100% Pansa Blanca, from the coolest part of a steep amphitheater vineyard planted on granite soils. The grapes are harvested by hand, then macerate on their whole clusters for one week before native yeast fermentation and resting in a single 200L neutral oak barrel. This has vibrant, intense acidity and a nice, skinsy texture with gentle tannins complementing notes of lemon zest, salt and granitic minerality. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Bestia

La Bella comes from 80-year-old vines of Pansa Blanca planted on the west-facing slope of an amphitheater vineyard that looks down on the city of Barcelona. Here, across from the La Bella vineyard, the soils are dominantly gneiss. Although the two vineyards face each other, La Bella and La Bèstia are quite different wines, with Bèstia being typically more muscular and broader. Vinification is very similar to La Bella: manual harvesting, native yeast fermentation, and gentle skin contact (7 days for the Bèstia). As it has been in the past, La Bèstia is bolder with an intense nose of salted lemon. The palate is equally salty, with notes of lime juice, stone, and lots of textural intensity supplied by the acid and gentle tannins and it ends with a long, salty finish. Ben Fletcher.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Orly Lumbreras 2018 Sierra de Gredos Malandro

'Malandro' is one of the most interesting wines made from Garnacha that I've ever tasted: herbal, surprisingly delicate, vibrant and so long on the palate. Orly Lumbreras has made magic here, in the most low-intervention, low-technology way possible. The grapes for Malandro come from a small, special vineyard in the mountains. They were harvested by hand and macerated in tinaja (amphora) in the open air, in the vineyard. After maceration, they were pressed, and aged in the same tinaja - which was then buried under ground in the vineyard for a season. The only interventions were some punch-downs. After maturing, it was bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with only a touch of sulfur. Truly a unique expression of high-altitude Garnacha! Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low 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
  • 29 in stock
  • $17.99

Partida Creus 2018 Catalunya Massís de Bonastre Garrut GT Sparkling

All Garrut (or Mourvedre), this is an excellent red sparkling wine that recalls Lambrusco. 

  • red sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

Peciña, Hermanos de 2014 Rioja Crianza

Bodegas Peciña makes Rioja in the most traditional style, blending grapes from multiple sites and multiple varieties before extended aging in American Oak. In this case, the Crianza comes from the El Codo, El Llano” and Finca Iscorta vineyards, from vines of mainly Tempranillo with small plantings of  Garnacha and Graciano interspersed.  The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented with native yeasts before aging for two years in used American Oak barrels, then bottled unfined and unfiltered and rested for an additional 18 months before release. This shows all of the most classic Rioja characteristics: red fruit, dill, earth and toasted wood. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Pepe Raventos 2017 Xarel-lo Vinya del Noguer no SO2 added

Pepe Raventos is best known for his elegant, crisp, biodynamically farmed sparkling wines in the Conca del Riu d'Anoia, but he is now making a small amount of  no-sulfur-added still wine as well. This Xarel-lo sees a good amount of skin contact, but shows electric acidity and minerality: a great, unique natural wine from one of the pioneers of biodynamic agriculture in Catalunya. 

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Raventós I Blanc 2016 Conca del Riu Anoia de Nit Reserva Rosé 1.5 L

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
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Terroir Sense Fronteres 2018 Monsant Brisat Blanc

Terroir Sense Fronteres is the new Montsant project from Dominic Huber of the legendary Terroir al Limit estate in Priorat. Since 2015 he has been working with a selection of  very special vineyards on limestone and sandstone outside the Priorat appellation in Montsant. Similar to the Terroir al Limit wines, these wines are characterized by shorter macerations and fresher expressions of the local grape varieites, in this case Grenache Blanc. For the Brisat, half of the grapes are macerated on their skins for one week, while the others are directly pressed, then blended and aged together in stainless steel. The result is a truly singular expression of Grenache Blanc, unlike any I've ever tasted: stone fruit, intense minerality, ripe citrus, and white flower aromatics are balanced by acidic tension and beautiful texture. Truly, for me, a revelation of a wine that makes the case for the versatility and singularity of both white wines from Montsant and Grenache Blanc. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low 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%  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
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 41 in stock
  • $12.99

Viña Zorzal 2019 Navarra Garnacha Rosado

Viña Zorzal offers some seriously delicious wines from old vines for very little money (as fans of their delightful red Graciano can attest). This one honors the traditional wine of the Navarra region - rosado of Garnacha. Fragrant red currant, raspberry, and pink peppercorn aromas lead to crunchy cranberry and strawberry fruit flavors, with zesty pink grapefruit and tropical and herbal undertones on the finish. The label features a popcorn kernel pattern because Xabi Sanz of Zorzal recommends it as an accompaniment to popcorn and a movie. This year's wine is a tiny bit lighter than last year's - but this is a fuller bodied, refreshing wine to drink all spring and summer! 

  • rosé
  • 39 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic