What's New in September

A Letter to Castilla: The Birthplace of Spain

Castilla is a desolate yet beautiful expanse of space where the plain rises up to an unperceived altitude of 3,000 feet. When entering this region all you see are wheat fields; then, in the hills, the vineyards appear. I fell in love with Spain by tasting wines of Ribera del Duero. In particular it was a '82 Pesquera I tasted in 1985. Shortly afterward I tasted the Riscal project in Rueda and became fascinated with Verdejo. These two great areas are home to Viña Sastre and Garciarevalo.

Garciarevalo produces two wines from their own vineyards. Casamaro is their everyday wine made from Verdejo and Viura. I like many things about this great, easy drinking white but what strikes me as original is that it is all from indigenous grapes. Their Tres Olmos offering is one of the best values in our book. From exceptionally old and un-grafted Verdejo vines growing on sandy soils, this superlative wine shows how complex Verdejo can be on its own.

In Ribera del Duero Jesus Sastre has been a powerhouse producer firing on all cylinders. From the entry level Tinto to the Crianza to the single-vineyard Pago de Santa Cruz, his wines are all about power in a velvet glove. How does he do this? Farming is the answer. Not certified organic or biodynamic, Jesus farms the land in what we like to call an “ancestral tradition.” No chemicals or additives here, just pure heart and soul of Castilla.

We are very proud to have represented these producers for a very long time and hope you will take the opportunity to get to better know these two family wineries through their current offerings.

- André Tamers