What's New in April

The new Garnatxa: Altaroses

Joan d’Anguera is one of our oldest partners in Spain. We’ve been proud to work with them and represent their wines here in the US since André first met brothers Josep and Joan’s father over 16 years ago. When the elder Josep passed a few years later he left his two young sons in charge of the estate.

Under the direction of the two brothers, the wines have evolved and improved with each vintage, but Josep and Joan felt that they had not found exactly what they were looking for in their wines: the perfect expression of their terruño. Their continued search for new methods of improvement has lead them to transition to biodynamic and organic agriculture. They began this transition in the late 2000s and it will come to fruition with Demeter certification starting with the 2012 vintage.

This January André visited the estate with Alex, Holly and Steven in tow. The Angueras have been very excited about the results of their biodynamic and organic efforts so our four travelers knew that there would be some surprises during their visit. They were awed by what Josep and Joan presented: Altaroses.

The brothers have taken their Garnatxa to the next level and transformed it into the Altaroses. The name comes from the series of sites that comprise their "Granatxa," the old Catalan name for Garnacha, vineyards and in accordance the brothers' focus on terruño, they decided to name the wine after the site. The grapes, from both young and old vines, are all picked by hand and 35% of the juice is fermented with stems. The wine is then aged in a combination of old barrels and cement tanks, in a return to the traditions of the region, for 12 months.