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Adega Entre os Ríos 2017 VdT Barbanza e Iria Albariño Komokabras Verde Lias

 Adega Entre os Ríos is small winery in the Barbanza e Iria area, south of the better known Rias Baixas region. The climate and soils of the area are similarly suited to Albariño, and this is a fresh expression of the grape. Komokabras is a well-balanced expression of Albariño, straddling the leaner, no-malolactic and the fuller, lees influenced styles that have emerged. This is a blend of two cuvees, both stainless steel, one aged on the lees with malolactic fermentation allowed to complete and another that had its malolactic fermentation blocked. Notes of fresh lemon, sea salt, and white flower are balanced with a slightly lusher mid-palate here, making this an approachable aperitif. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

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
  • 44 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Attis Bodega & Vinedos 2016 Rias Baixas Xion Cuvee Tinto

Brothers Robustiano and Baldomero Fariña make wines with the indigenous grape varieties of Rias Baixas under the Attis label (in Greek and Roman myth Attis is an Anatolian solar deity associated with Cybele - his story is somewhat gruesome but closely connected to plants and their seasonal cycles of rebirth) in the coastal Val do Salnés. This region is heavily associated with Albariño, but I find it fascinating to take a look at the red wines made here from Galician grape varieties. The Xion Tinto is their freshest style of red wine, made with the local grapes Souson, Pedral, and Espadeiro. These grapes are hand-harvested and fully destemmed before fermenting spontaneously and macerating on the skins for 15 days, then raised in both stainless steel and a small amount of new  French oak. The result is a fresh and bright red wine, with nice acidity, salty mineral character (I believe you will definitely feel the close proximity of the vineyards to the Atlantic in this wine), and pleasing red fruit, rounded out with a touch of spice from the oak. Xion Tinto is a great aperitif wine, very well suited to the cooler weather. This is a very interesting opportunity to taste wine made with the relatively rare red grapes Pedral (originally from Portugal) and the Galician Espadeiro (distinct from the Portuguese Espadeiro farmed in Vinho Verde), blended with the deeply purple-hued Souson/Vinhao. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

Benito Santos 2018 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. A classic with oysters and a stellar apéritif!

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $159.99

Bodega Cauzon 2018 Cortes Y Graena (Granada) Blanco

Macabeu, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia. Grapes see 1 day of maceration, and the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Lovely stone fruit on the palate, with herbal tea notes. Density meets fresh grassy acidity in an ideal way so the wine has depth and length, but is also perfectly crisp. A fresh and fascinating white from the Cauzón lineup.  -EL

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bodega Cauzon 2018 Cortes y Graena (Granada) Cauzon

Ramón Saavedra produces this Tempranillo from high altitude (800-1000m) vineyards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Granada. Ramon's approach is to emphasize freshness and intensity of fruit character through short maceration times and vinification in stainless steel. Here, the result is a wine with animal, garrigue, and red fruit notes on the nose. The palate is alive and changing: look for black cherry, red raspberry, game, and a pronounced mineral finish. There's body here and some nice, friendly tannins balanced by tense acidity that makes this wine gastronomically very friendly. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bodega Cauzon 2018 Cortes y Graena (Granada) Duende

Duende is Ramon Saavedra's 100% Syrah cuvée from organically farmed, high altitude vineyards in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Granada. The winemaking is similar to the other Cauzon wines, with full destemming, a short maceration time, and vinification in stainless steel. The result, however, is quite a bit darker than either the Tempranillo or the Garnacha, with black cherry, earth, and game on the nose and lots of rusticity on the palate. The profile suggests a natural affinity to lamb or hearty, charred vegetable dishes. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bodega Cauzon 2018 Cortes y Graena (Granada) Mozuelo

Ramón Saavedra organically farms vineyards high in the Sierra Nevadas and produces fresh, living wines with no additives, including sulfur. Mozuelo is 80% Garnacha with the remainder being red-fleshed Garnacha Tintorera, both from high altitude (800-1200m) vineyards. The grapes are entirely destemmed, macerated briefly on the skins and vinified in stainless steel tank. The result is a nervy, high acid expression of Garnacha, with lots of brightness and fresh, just-ripe fruit. The nose is slightly floral with notes of thyme and macerated red berries. The palate is fresh and alive with red sour cherry and freshly picked red raspberry complimented by cooling, clean minerality. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bodega Cauzon 2018 Cortes y Graena (Granada) Pi Noir

Pi Noir is back, and it's fresher, livelier, and juicier than last year! Vibrant body, with herbs and bright red fruit on the palate, with some spice, and weighing in at a pleasant 11.5%. The grapes see 3-5 days of gentle maceration and the wine is aged in stainless steel. High altitude vineyards provide ample acidity to frame the material and keep the alcohol low. This is a singular expression of Pinot Noir.    -EL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bodegas Albamar 2018 Rias Baixas O Sebal Albarino

Xurxo Alba is making a number of expressions of Albarino and other local Galician grapes in Cambados, in the Rias 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 2 vineyards, both outside the Rias 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 Albarino with texture and delicate citrus fruit character. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $19.99

Bodegas Vinificate 2015 Cadiz Mahara

This beautifully aromatic wine is made from 100% Tintilla de Rota, a grape variety related to Graciano that is native to Andalusia but now nearly extinct. The grapes for this wine go through an extended 6 month maceration on the skins before aging in Amphora, a combination that balances concentration and elegance. The resulting wine is dark in the glass but medium bodied, with an intense nose of purple flowers, garrigue, and sea air. On the palate, the wine shows pretty red and black fruit, a gamey, savory note, and a saline mineral core. Drink with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, or anything from the grill. No SO2 added. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $32.99

Bodegas Vinificate 2018 Cadiz Amorro Blanco

100% Palomino Fino from Andalusia near Cadiz. The grapes for this wine are fermented in fiber glass, then aged in the same container for 8 months. The wine is unfined, unfiltered, and shows notes of  fresh pineapple and a somewhat oxidative character.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Low Sulfur

Borja Perez Viticultores 2017 Tenerife Artifice Tinto

The Artifice Tinto is delicious in 2017! All Listán Negro, with great acidity and balance. Blood orange and baking spice on the nose, medium weight on the palate, and refreshingly mineral on the finish. Borja has been getting into whole cluster fermentation, and used about 30% whole cluster with this vintage. Even though the tannins of the stems are intense, he really likes the fruit profile, and we have to say, we love it too!   -EL

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Low Sulfur

Borja Perez Viticultores 2017 Tenerife Artifice Vidueno

Vidueño is a blend of local white grapes Marmajuelo, Listán Blanco, Albillo, Gual, and Foraster, from multiple parcels. Vinified in 500 liter French oak barrels and aged for about a year in large foudre, then bottled and aged an additional 8 months before release. Worthy of a carafe, this 2017 is a bit reductive on the nose, but this blows off to reveal curry spice, coriander and burnt orange. It's really a fascinating white that will surely benefit from short term aging.   -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Low Sulfur

Castellroig 2016 Penedès Finca Sabaté i Coca SO Blanc Xarel-lo

100% Xarel-lo from three vineyards in the Bitlles Valley, this is a great expression of the grape in still form. Here, the soils are calcareous clay with fossilized sea shells - this shows in the wine's bright, bracing acid. The 4 months of lees aging lends body and a creamier mid-palate, but the structure here is entirely acid-driven. Look for notes of fennel, sea air, and anise on the nose, with a palate of ripe citrus, chalk and herbs. I think this is a great introduction to still Xarel-lo and a perfect wine for lighter fish or chicken dishes.  Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • 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
  • 56 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
  • 44 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Celler Escoda Sanahuja 2018 Conca de Barbera Mas del Gaio

Mas del Gaio is the top white from Celler Escoda-Sanahuja, and the 2018 is truly a stellar vintage. An old-vine expression from rustic limestone vineyards next to the winery, blending Garnacha Blanca, Maccabeu, and Parellada. Garnacha Blanca and Maccabeu are fermented together, with the Parellada harvested 10 days later and fermented separately. Once everything is combined, the wine is aged mostly in large amphora, with old French barrels also employed (sorry I'm not clear on the ratio of amphora to used barrel, but I will ask Joan Ramon to clarify!) Tasted in January of 2019 (before bottling), the wine was fresh, with stone fruit on the palate. Tasted here in New York in September of 2019, the stone fruit was still there, but now there were notes of lemon verbena, and fuzzy peach skins, with a long, fleshy and salty finish. Fantastic acidity and viscosity from the lees aging. Tropical too, with subtle notes of passion fruit. All in all, a transportive wine and a really solid vintage for Joan Ramon. EL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $25.99

Daterra Viticultores (Laura Lorenzo) 2018 Ribeira Sacra Portela do Vento Rosado

The DaTerra 2018 Portela de Vento Rosado is one of my favorite Roses that I've tasted this year, from one of our favorite producers in Spain. Mostly Mencia with a bit of Garnacha Tintorera,The Portela do Vento comes from granitic soils at about 350-500 meters of elevation, which are hand harvested and macerated for a mere 6 hours before spontaneously fermenting in large barrels. This is a great wine for the Thanksgiving holiday, or any other robust fall feast, with notes of grapefruit, stone, and crushed red berries: the somewhat late release (many people expect Roses to come out for summer drinking) suits this bottle very well. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

Espelt 2018 Emporda Garnacha Rosado Corali

Keeping up with demand for Espelt rosé is a full-time job! Certified organic from a family winery in Emporda, Catalonia, this bone-dry, buoyant, and refreshing rosé of 100% Garnacha continues to wow us with its value and deliciousness. Notes of crushed stone and wild flowers on the nose lead to a tangy palate of citrus zest, blood orange, crushed berries, and sea spray. A delicious accompaniment for squid and tuna.

  • rosé
  • 49 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 86 in stock
  • $11.99

Fedellos do Couto 2015 Ribeira Sacra Conasbrancas

"Conas brancas?" means "what to do about the whites?," referring to old vines of white grapes that were planted among the Mencia and Bastardo vines in the vineyards worked by Fedellos do Couto. For many years these grapes were too abundant to blend into the red wines, but not vigorous enough to bottle on their own. Eventually, this bottling became the answer: a field blend of Godello, Dona Blanca, Albariño, Treixadura, Lado, and Torrontes that reflects the terroir and the local white varieties of Ribeira Sacra. About 75% of the grapes are fermented whole cluster, then macerated on their skins for 40 days, while the Godello is pressed into old barrels. Finally, these are blended to produce a wine of density and strength with notes of beeswax and pear but also salinity and bright acidity. This would be well-suited to the table at Thanksgiving, a friendly but fuller-bodied white wine to pair with roast potatoes, stuffing, or mushrooms. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

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
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finca Sabate i Coca 2015 Penedès Terroja

Marcel's still Xarel-lo from the Terroja vineyards is one of the more serious expressions of the grape that I've encountered. Terroja is the most treasured of the Sabate i Coca vineyards, with iron-rich clay soils over limestone. This part of the Penedès was once a seabed: fossils from the region's marine life are visible in large sedimentary boulders throughout the valley. The still Terroja is surprisingly full-bodied, showing lush density in tension with a deeply mineral and nervy acid core. Still fresh, the bottle aging has mellowed this somewhat, making for a truly elegant expression of Penedès and of Xarel-lo. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

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
  • 47 in stock
  • $12.99

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, displaying a bouquet of rich cherry, tart plum, and ripe raspberry fruit, with a hint of violets and herbs. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 44 in stock
  • $12.99

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'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. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guímaro 2016 Ribeira Sacra Camiño Real

Guímaro (which means "rebel" in Gallego) was founded by Pedro Rodriguez in 1991, in Amandi, the most celebrated subzone of Ribeira Sacra. Here Mencía and other indigenous varieties (Merenzao, Mouratón, Brancellao, Caiño, Sousón...) are planted on very steep terraced  slopes of slate on the northern bank of the river Sil. The vines on these south-facing slopes (almost cliffs, really - I definitely recommend checking out a photograph of these precariously steep vineyards) produce wines of great mineral intensity and character. Camiño Real comes from six terraced vineyards around Amandi, with about 85% of the blend Mencía and 15% other indigenous red varieties. Pedro harvests the grapes by hand  and ferments them together in open-top oak vats with 40 days of maceration on the skins before raising in an foudre and 225L and 500L barrels. This is a great wine for the holiday table, well-suited to poultry, fall and winter vegetables, and other earthy or savory flavors. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guímaro 2017 Ribeira Sacra A Ponte

A Ponte is the newest single vineyard wine from Guímaro, from a new plot above their old vines in Finca Meixaman in the area of Amandi, the most celebrated subregion of Ribeira Sacra. The very steep, terraced site faces the southeast, looking out over the River Sil, and the soil is a mix of granite, slate, and sand.  While most of the sites worked and vinified by Pedro Rodríguez are planted mainly to Mencia, A Ponte has been planted a to a nearly equal balance of Mencia, Caino, Brancellao, Merenzao and Souson. The inclusion of larger amounts of the lesser known local grape varieties is a forward thinking response to a succession of riper vintages due to climate change: these other grapes retain more acidity and freshness at higher degrees of ripeness than Mencia does. The vines here are still young, and their youthful quality perhaps translates to the comparative approachability of this wine next to wines coming from Pedro's other very old vine vineyards. Vinification is similar to the other single vineyard wines from Guímaro: grapes are all hand-harvested, then fermented whole cluster with 50 days of maceration before resting in used Burgundy barrels for 14 months. 2017 was a warm vintage in Ribeira Sacra, and this is a powerful, medium-bodied young wine, with blackberry and cherry mingling beautifully with roasted herbs on the nose and a dense, textural and mineral palate. This would be an excellent wine for roasts or holiday fare this year, or a great candidate for medium term (5-10 years?) cellaring. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Ignios Orígenes 2017 Tenerife Ycoden Daute Isora Marmajuelo

Made from 100% Marmajuelo (one of only two grapes that cannot be traced to any varieties outside of the Canaries), this is a deeply intriguing Canary white that should not be missed! Perhaps a bit lighter on its feet than previous vintages, the 2017 is refreshing and balanced, with lovely melon and white stone fruit on the palate, subtle oxidative notes, and a predictably mineral finish (we are talking Volcanic soils here!).    -EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Araucaria (Dolores Cabrera Fernandez) 2017 Tenerife Paraje La Perdoma Tinto

All Listan Negro from Dolores Cabrera, a farmer/winemaker from Tenerife. Vines average around 100 years old, and unlike many of the Canary Island offerings, are from lower altitude sites, mostly on iron-rich red clay terroir. The new vintage from Dolores is a beautiful expression of Listán Negro, with less intense acidity or tartness than we typically find from high altitude vineyards. Light-to-medium bodied, with ripe red and purple fruit on the mid-palate and a elegant, finessed finish. An all-around delicious wine that should be explored by any Canary Island wine enthusiast.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2018 A Chaira Doña Blanca

A rare release of Nacho Gonzalez's Doña Blanca. Four months of maceration, but a gentle maceration at that, which lends a lovely, delicate structure. The grapes come from the old vineyard O Chao, and they are harvested separately from the rest of the vineyard and destemmed before fermenting in large, open top tinaja.  Lychee, pear, and passion fruit on the nose, crunchy minerality on the finish. A young wine, but nonetheless nice to drink now, it should be well integrated and balanced with a few more months in bottle.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2018 Malas Uvas Palomino, Godello

80% Palomino, 20% Doña Blanca from the O Chao vineyard in nearby Seadur. The 2018 La Perdida Malas Uvas, has a yellow green robe. The nose offers pretty aromas of white flowers, orchard fruit, apricot skin and straw. The palate has nice tension with a taut attack giving way to ripe stone fruit and pear skin flavors with a fine-grained salty character on the finish. This is brisk and vibrant and would be a fine pairing with grilled sardines,  confit of tuna, or young goat cheeses. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2018 Valdeorras O Poulo

Almost all Garnacha Tintorera, with 5% Palomino to freshen things up a bit, O Poulo comes from very old vines with very low yields in a vineyard of the same name that Nacho has been renting since 2014.  One year of aging in ONE 400 liter barrel - this is the smallest production wine that we have to offer from Nacho this year, and this vineyard site was the most difficult to work in 2018. Definitely a limited wine! Blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, smoky notes, and meaty, spicy character surround a cooling, mineral core. Probably a wine to put away for a little while, but not due to tannin (which is smooth and integrated here), just due to the elegance and length.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Perdida (Nacho Gonzalez) 2018 Valdeorras O Trancado

O Trancado is the wine from the vineyard of the same name that Nacho Gonzalez inherited from his grandmother. The vines here are very old, and very low yielding. Nacho harvests the Garnacha Tintorera and the Mencía by hand, destems all of the fruit, and ferments with wild yeasts in very large, open topped tinaja. The wine is raised for six months before bottling, then held for another six months in bottle before release. The result is a spicy, vivacious wine with bright red fruit character and lovely, complex tannic and acidic structure. There's a unique mineral aspect here, that perhaps distinguishes this vineyard site from the others that Nacho works. The 2018 is energetic and expressive right now, but will probably only improve over the next year. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $39.99

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

MicroBio Wines 2017 Castilla y León Rufian Red

This is Ismael Gozalo's wine of 100% Rufete, a light bodied and lightly colored red grape found mainly in northern Spain and Portugal. The grapes for this wine come from a 1.16 hectare vineyard on decomposed granite and slate  in Salamanca planted in 1951.  In the cellar there is no mechanical pump-over, only manual pigeage, and the wine is aged in old barriques for a relatively short 9-10 months. The 2017 is pure-fruited, and fresh. Bold enough to satisfy that red wine drinking friend of yours, and ready for a chill at your next BBQ!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

MicroBio Wines 2018 Castilla y León Nieva York Sparkling Rose

Tempranillo and Verdejo Pet-Nat from MicroBio. Super fresh, light and easy drinking: a great pet-nat for outdoor drinking or cracking open before dinner. This is perhaps even lighter, fresher, and brighter than the white: a great, very dry, introduction to the world of natural sparkling wines. Ben Fletcher

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Nanclares 2018 Rías Baixas Tempus Vivendi Albarino

Alberto Nanclares and Silvia Prieto produce very special wines from 5 hectares of  Albariño in the Val do Salnés, near Cambado, in Rias Baixas. These vineyards are worked organically, a rarity in rainy, cool Rias Baixas, and very traditionally, with the vines still trained in the overhead pergola style and all farming done entirely by hand. Alberto and Silvia are also very hands off in the cella: fermenting with native yeasts, neither fining nor filtering, and adding only small amounts of sulfur. Tempus Vivendi comes from vineyards near Sanxenxo, south of Cambado, and shows a as a very classic Albariño from the Val do Salnés, with abundant notes of crushed seashell, sea air, and ripe lemon. This is a classic pairing for shellfish and other light seafoods. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $28.99

  • 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 5 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Rumbera Blanco

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. La Rumbera is always a favorite of mine with seafood or vegetable dishes. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella El Rumbero

 Oriol Artigas is one of my favorite viticultores working in Spain, for his thoughtful recovery of old vineyards and varieties in the vineyard and his traditional, low intervention style in the cellar. All of his wines are inspiring and soulful: fresh and intense with beautiful exuberance. El Rumbero is a blend of mostly Garnatxa with Syrah, Merlot, and Sumoll, all from teenage vines in the Alella appellation, just north of Barcelona. The Merlot is typically direct press, and the other grapes all whole cluster, with about a week of maceration. No filtration or clarification and no sulfites added. Medium bodied, with dark and red fruit, this is a great pairing, with a little bit of a chill, for heartier Thanksgiving meals: stuffing with sausage or mushrooms, gravies, etc.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $17.99

Pablo Matallana 2017 Tenerife La Bardona

Pablo Matallana is a native of Tenerife, who studied winemaking with our dear friend Louis-Antoine Luyt before returning to the Canary Islands to make his own wines. La Bardona is a blend of Listán Negro and Negramoll, from mostly volcanic soils mixed with red clay. The nose is wild and peppery, reminiscent of the Ignios Listan Negro from Borja Perez. On the palate, smokiness and volcanic minerality outline dried fruit, hibiscus, and tart cherry. A fascinating and eyebrow raising red from a very promising young winemaker!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $15.99

Partida Creus 2017 Catalunya Massís de Bonastre XL Xarel-lo Ancestral

Xarel-lo (or Cartoixa) is the best known and most treasured white grape in Penedès, used in making both still and sparkling wines. It is high in acid and precise, but with abundant texture and notes of orchard fruits. In addition, it is very terroir expressive, often showing clear notes of salt and chalk from the calcareous marine soils of the region. Sparkling wines made with Xarel-lo often show a particularly pretty mousse, and this is no exception: expect a lean, mineral sparkling wine with lots of salt spray and notes of apple and citrus. Ben Fletcher

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • red
  • 41 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

Raúl Pérez 2017 Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques

Raul Perez has become one of the best known and most celebrated oenologist-winemakers in Galicia and Bierzo. His Ultreia wines are beautiful expressions of the terroir and indigenous varieties of Bierzo. Primarily Mencía, with small amounts of Bastardo/Trousseau and Garnacha Tintorera from organically farmed vineyards near Valtuille de Abajo, the grapes for the Ultreia St. Jacques are hand harvested, and fermented mostly whole-cluster in large oak vats before being raised in large barrels, foudre, and some cement. This is a classic wine of Bierzo, with vibrant violet floral notes on the nose and  chalky minerality, medium body and delicate tannins. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Raul Perez 2018 Rias Baixas 'Atalier' A Cruz das Animas

Atalier is the new Albariño project from Raul Perez. A Cruz das Ánimas comes from three vineyards of old vines in the Val do Salnés, near Cambado, where Raul Perez waits longer than is typical to harvest, so as to avoid any need for malolactic fermentation. The grapes are harvested by hand, crushed and fermented with native yeasts, then raised in large, old foudres, lending a subtly oxidative note that rounds out this acid-driven wine. Bright and aromatically intense, A Cruz das Animas shows notes of citrus, sea air, salt and granite, with a bit more heft than one might expect from Albariño. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

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
  • 60 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ruben Diaz 2016 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
  • 37 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low 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
  • 44 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $31.99

Ulibarri Artzaiak 2018 Bizkaiko Txakolina

The Ulibarri family has a long history in the Basque country, primarily as shepherds and cheesemakers (Artzaiak is the Basque word for shepherd). They also have vineyards planted to the traditional grape of the region - Hondarrabi Zuri - and have existed as a bodega since the 18th century. Farming is certified organic (extremely rare for the area – they might be the only ones!) and the sheep play a major role in the vineyards, handling weed control and providing natural fertilizer. In an area where winemakers harvest early and often inject the wines with CO2 to make them a bit fizzy (a characteristic associated with the wines – think Vinho Verde), the Ulibarri brothers harvest at full ripeness, allow indigenous yeast fermentation, and let the wines age on the lees. There is no filtration or stabilization - this is REAL Txakoli! 

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

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
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Viña Zorzal 2017 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
  • 61 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Vinos Malaparte 2018 Cigales (Segovia) Dindi

This 100% Albillo Mayor skin-contact orange wine is a great introduction to the style. Soft, round, and characterful with a very light tannic structure, it's the rare orange wine that works well for drinking on its own as well as with food.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur