Capcanes La Nit de la Garnatxes (Limestone) 2015
100% Garnatxa (Grenache). Limestone terroir.
High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds and offers tremendous value.
"There is a new and young 2015 La Nit de les Garnatxes that comes wrapped up in a comic. Apparently it's part of a series of four Garnacha bottlings from different terroirs, this one from limestone (calissa in Catalan). The wine is intensely fruity and young, with a bit of a raw nose reminiscent of young must. It's fresh and straightforward, with fine tannins and good freshness. It was kept in used oak barrels for five months. Quite pleasant and accessible.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Olivier Riviere Rayos Uva 2018
Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnatxa. Alluvial, sand, gravel terroir.
Coming from France, Olivier has an innate sense of terroir. Unlike many of his peers in Rioja, he bases his cuvées not on political boundaries or the length of barrel aging but on terroir. He believes in a quality hierarchy inspired by Burgundy with generic Appellation and Village wines at the base and Premier and Grand cru wines at the top. This is how to best understand what Olivier is doing in Rioja, rather than the traditional Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva model.
Rayos Uva is Olivier Riviere’s version of a Bourgogne Rouge sourced from fruit grown in the sandy, gravelly and alluvial soils of Rioja Baja. The blend is dependent on the vintage but usually includes Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano – percentages change each year to create a brightly fruity version of Rioja unmarked by oak.
Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 2017
Field blend of mostly Mencia, along with Alicante Bouschet, Pan y Carne, and white varietals.
One of the few northwestern Spanish regions with a focus on a red variety, Bierzo, part of Castilla y León, is home to the flowery and fruity Mencia grape. Raul Perez was born into a winemaking family, Bodegas Castro Ventosa, the largest owner of Mencia plantings in Bierzo. Raul grew up developing his ideals and worked at the family winery until 2003. His reluctance to compromise has made him both controversial and popular.
“This is one of the best values from Bierzo and Spain, and a great introduction to Bierzo. It's a more serious wine than what the wine was when it was first produced, fresh and elegant. It's very reliable and a great value.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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