If you happen to be around New York City next Tuesday (October 1), you should stop by Chambers St Wines and say hi to José. He'll be there from 5 to 7pm pouring the following natural wines from Rafa Bernabé;
-2012 Ramblis Monastrell
-2010 Los Cipreses de Usaldon
-2012 La Amistad
"Monastrell, Garnacha Peluda, and Rojal (yes, Rojal)!" -CSW
For those of you who haven't taste Garnacha Peluda yet, below are a few words about Rafa's Los Cipreses de Usaldón 2010. (Via the esteemed Wine Terroirs.)
"I got the chance recently to taste a few wines from Spain, and from a region (D.O.) which you could think is very hot for wine: Alicante. The winegrower Rafael Bernabe is doing there a very careful job on both side of the winemaking, that is the vineyard (not herbicides, no synthesis products) and the cellar (no correction, no lab yeast, no enzymes and no SO2 adding). The wine I liked particularly among the ones I tasted from this winery was the cuvée Los Cipreses de Usaldon 2010, a 100 % Garnacha Peluda (or Grenache Gris). Is it the altitude (700 meters) or the age of the vines (50) or the careful winemaking and semi-carbonic maceration, I don't know but the wine was a very nice experience with an overall feeling of velvety tannins and complex aromas of garrigue and dry leaves. You wouldn't have guessed the wine was made in a region which you imagine as hot, it was balanced and easily drinkable." - Wine Terroirs
Salut i Força al Canut!