With deep discounts on any Spanish wine in the shop, this Saturday, January 2, will be a great time to replenish the cellar, grab yourself a special bottle that has developed with some age, or just stock up on every day wines.
John Radford, author of The New Spain, makes the claim that Spanish wine is more vibrant, happening, and fascinating than it has ever been. We could not agree more.
Although Elie Wine Co. is first and foremost a French wine shop, we are fiercely proud of our thoughtful selection of Spanish wines that include everything from inexpensive, easy-drinking wines to cellar-worthy, world-class wines. It’s a selection with an emphasis on small producers that control the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle.
Like husband and wife team Enrique Basarte and Elisa Úcar of Domaines Lupier, who are farming old-vine Garnacha in the northern region of Navarra. More specifically, the cool and mountainous sub-zone of Baja Montaña, where wines can show harmony of ripeness and freshness with all the precision of an oceanic climate. Their 2011 “El Terroir” is a deeply colored wine with a crystal clear purity of fruit rarely found in Garnacha-based wines. Aromatically complex with layers of floral, berry, and spice – a sip is anything but jammy and practically begs another in short measure.
Like Englishwoman Charlotte Allen of Almaroja, coaxing glorious wines from rare and indigenous varieties in the savagely beautiful landscape of Las Arribes del Duero near the border of Portugal. She employs organic and biodynamic methods in the vineyards and the wines are fermented using indigenous yeasts. The base variety for the 2011 vintage is 65% Juan García, a low-growing bush vine native to the region that produces medium-bodied, brilliantly colored, and highly aromatic wines. Production is tiny with less than 300 cases of red and white “Pirita” produced.
Like another husband and wife team, Irene Alemany and Laurent Corrio, true garagistes producing a range of world-class wines in the Alt Penedès, the most inland and mountainous subzone of the Penedès wine region of Catalunya. The two are recognized as being among the top winemakers in all of Spain. All of their wines show classic French techniques expertly executed and a Mediterranean soul. Their top cuvée, Sot Lefriec, is much like a Premier Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Émilion. It is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Carinyena, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from the miniscule yields of their very best parcels.
And many, many more.
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Posted on 2015.12.28 in Saturday Sips Wines, Misc Spanish, Spain DO, Penedes, Priorat DOQ, Ribero del Duero, Rioja DOC, Catalunya, Cigales, Bierzo, Sherry/Jerez, Cava, Montsant, Arribes, Navarra, Costers del Segre, Tierra de Leon, Ribeiro