What's New in September
Special Releases for Fall 2012, Arriving in November
Jesus Sastre is producing some of the purest wines from great old vines in the heart of Ribera del Duero. If you haven’t had a chance to taste the range, from the old Gran Reservas we offered last year to these new offerings, you owe it to yourself. Even in vintages where others suffer, Jesus’ farming offers tremendous wines. See Josh Raynold’s tasting notes on Pesus 2007; this was for him maybe the top wine of the vintage. These offerings are from the excellent 2009 harvest, with exceptional acidity levels due to the high pH of the organically farmed soils.
Regina Vides 2009
From 100+ year old vines of Tempranillo in the sweet spot of Santa Cruz. The ridiculous yields were evident this year as we saw two clusters per vine. 6,000 bottles. Super perfumed notes of violets and blackberries. The palate is seamless with extremely fine-grained tannins. This beauty is built for aging.
The family wine, made only in the finest years. Hand harvested by only the family members, 1200 bottles produced from some of the oldest parcels of Tempranillo blended with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This wine is always unbelievably elegant and light considering the full-throttle nature. Red fruits combine with lead pencil shavings to produce a wine with singular qualities.
The vineyards here are spectacular, with extremely rare offerings of ancient varietals. The meticulous care taken in replanting these old vineyards is what can only be described as a labor of love. All the wines are fermented in either large-format older foudres or cement vessels in a pursuit of maintaining traditional methods. Kudos to Javier and Maria for their lovely restoration of these ancient parcels!
The top wine from Dominio de Bibei made from extremely old parcels of Mencía and Brancellao. Brancellao is a fascinating component to this wine making up 15% of the blend. Deep with a profound sense on the palate, the wine has mineral tones intertwined with clear cherry-like tones. This is a beauty.
From a parcel in the Amandi sub-zone, these old vines produce an amazingly unique wine from this forgotten grape. Mind-altering perspective with a total of only 3 barrels made!
This is a wine that has all of the character of a great personality with all its imperfections. From a grape that Javier Dominguez believes holds great potential for the region. Brawny, spicy with a meaty quality. My kind of wine. Only 3 barrels!
This winery is really just exploding on the scene and revealing the great qualities of Godello. Last year they purchased an old plot in O Bolo in the Val de Las Augas. 200 Cestos is the first release from this old parcel of Godello. Named for the 200 bushels this vineyard would give at harvest.
200 Cestos 2011
Purely mineral-driven, from slate soils at 500 meters elevation. Great cut and precision in this thirst-quenching first offering. 100 cases were produced for this inaugural vintage.
Our oldest partner in our venture, Chéreau Carré is producing stunning wines from exceptional sites. L’Oiselinière is a site with an unparalleled location: the exact confluence of the Sèvre and Maine rivers. Here the oldest vines (around 80 years old) are exposed to a unique microclimate bordered by the two rivers. The wine is aged on the lees in concrete vats for 30 months. Organically farmed on orthogneiss soils.
Le Clos du Château l’Oisiliniere 2004
Tight and dense nose revealing minerals with honeyed notes. The palate is textured with great concentration and length.
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