Casa Abril Coupage
Aging: 5 months American and French oak barrels (50% new)
Place: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla - In the heartland of Don Quixote's Castilla La Mancha you'll find this small family-run winery making wine since the 17th century. The 30 year-old Tempranillo vines are planted in the parcel "Monte Alto" at 800 m in sandy-clay soils with original rootstock; Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are 15 years old, growing at 700m in the parcel "Pancierto" in sandy-clay soils. The climate is Continental, which means harsh winters and intense summers forcing vines to be strong; thanks to the altitude, temperatures drop at night and enable the grapes to retain acidity while the daily sunshine gently ripens the tannins, resulting in balanced fruit.
People: the Barreda family along with viticulturist and winemaker, Marc Gomez tend to the vines year-round to ensure wine produced is balanced and expressive of its terroir.
Viticulture: drip irrigation only used when absolutely necessary to avoid excessive stress on the vines and to ensure grapes are balanced; in the Spring and green harvest is done to improve airflow and control production (6,000 kg/Ha); later during the ripening stages of Summer certain clusters of grapes are removed to further ensure quality and balanced fruit; harvest starts the last week of August and is done at night to preserve freshness in the grapes.
Viniculture: alcoholic fermentation takes place in 25,000 liter stainless steel deposits; maceration between 10-15 days depending on varietal; wine is transferred to epoxy-lined cement tanks for malo-lactic fermantation prior to aging 5 months in French and American oak barrels, both used and new.
Tasting Notes: expressive bright red color with notes of cherries, chocolate and spices on the nose; juicy fresh red fruit with a layer of spice goes great with tapas and BBQ.
Casa Abril Godello
Varietal: Godello 100% (native varietal), sur lie, no oak.
Place: D.O. Valdeorras ~ near the Roman goldmine ruins “Las Medulas”, in the village of Montefurado, family-owned Godello vines are tended to by Alvaro Vidal; the 25 – 40 years old vines, planted in granite, slate and alluvial soils, and grown at 1,150 feet altitude; Atlantic-Continental climate contributes to the freshness and balanced fruit.
People: Viticulturist Álvaro Vidal tends to the vines as if they were bonsais, which have been in his family for generations.
Viticulture: Sustainable farming, 10 acres of 25-40 year-old vines, planted facing southwest at 1,150 ft. in granite and slate soils; dry farming.
Viniculture: Cold maceration for 12 hours at 43F to retain freshness, alcoholic fermentation takes place in 25,000 liter stainless steel deposits at 64 F for 15 days, and rests on its lees for two months.
Tasting Notes: Pale straw color, clean and bright; intensely aromatic with notes of ripe apples and peaches; balanced with good structure and persistent.
Montebaco Ribera del Duero Alma De Vino
Viticulture: Located in the north east corner of Ribera del Duero at more than 3,000 feet altitude, these 80-100+ year old vines are from select parcels containing a combination clay, sand alluvial stones, gravel and chalk; parcel in Banos de Valdearados produces fruit with good structure and fruit while the parcel in Bocigas de Perales the grapes contribute minerality and complexity in the wine thanks to the meter of gravel in the soil supported by clay below; the climate is extreme with harsh winters and scorching during the summer drop at night, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly resulting in soft tannins, good acidity and bright fruit.
Winemaker: Cesar Munoz selected these particular old vines from the highest elevation of the vineyard to create a unique wine from Ribera del Duero, expressive of its special terroir.
Vinification: Elaborated at Bodega Montebaco in Valbuena de Duero, grapes are selected and maceration takes place in 76 Hl barrel vats with manual pump-overs; malolactic fermentation follows in French oak barrels (new 80%) and 24 months aging in French oak barrels, 25% new and 75% used with a presence of lees to conserve the personality of the wine; no stabilization or fining resulting in a possibility of presence of sediment.
Production: 1,000 bottles
Tasting notes: Deep cherry red color; violet floral notes, wild dark berries and spices on the nose; on the palate nice balance of fruit, acidity, structure and minerality with a log finish.
Alma de Vino Mar y Montaña
Wine: Treixadura, Torrontés, Godello, Albariño, Loureira; sur-lie, no oak.
Place: winery is located in the D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia’s oldest D.O.), just 50 miles inland from the North-West coast of Spain with 40 parcels of vines scattered amongst the Galician mountains; vines benefit from a unique Atlantic-Mediterranean micro-climate that allows grapes to ripen properly and yet retain acidity; the Miño river helps to moderate summer
temperatures which can reach 100 F.
People: the vineyard has been in the Fernandez family for three generations since 1920.
Viticulture (sustainable farming): 10 hectares of native Galician grapevines are planted in a combination of soils, predominately granite with some sandy-loam, slate and pudding stones, at 900 feet on average; most vines trained on espalier Guyot, the older vines in their original bush-vine form; orientation of vines depends on micro-climate but most running North-South; age of vines range from 10 to 100 years old.
Winemaking: 48 hours cold maceration followed by fermentation in stainless-steel tanks and 3 months sur-lie, no oak. April Cullom and family enologist Oscar Fernandez created a special blend of native Galician varietals to achieve a high-acid, aromatic white wine, expressive of the local terroir.
Artwork was curated by April Cullom and created by her uncle Sergio Gonzalez Tornero, whose family originated in Nájera (Logroño, Spain). His “alma” met the “alma” of Adrienne Cullom in Paris while studying art and the rest is history. “Mar y Montaña” reflects an expressive, acid-driven white wine made from grapes grown in the mountains near the sea.
VINA EIZAGA Lagar de Eizaga Crianza
Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, aged 12 months in American oak barrels and 12 months in bottle before its release. Dark cherry red with purple glints and violet rim and good depth of colour. Ripe cherry aromas on the nose, with red berries and hints of liquorice and cedar oak. Well-balanced with good acidity, light and fresh on the palate, cherries, damsons, plums, balanced with fine tannins, elegant, rounded and soft with satisfying finish. Production 125,000 bottles.