To revive tradition and fully express the unique terroir of Jerez are the goals of Ramiro Ibáñez, the talented mind behind Cota 45. This visionary is one of the most knowledgeable winemakers in Jerez, the storied region in southern Spain. Ramiro, a Sanlúcar native, graduated with a degree in enology and spent three years working around the world before receiving a dream job offer to return home in 2009. Since then, Ramiro has been consulting for different bodegas, and in 2012 he was able to start his own project, Cota 45. A few years later, he built a small bodega for this project in a former boat repair shop overlooking the Guadalquivir river. He lovingly refers to his bodega as his “albarizatorio,” or a lab for unearthing the best that this legendary, white-chalk soil has to offer. The name is a reference to 45 meters above sea level, the point where he believes the best albariza soils can be found. He is an advocate for the preservation of history, a student of the soil, and is passionate about producing wine that truly reflects the distinctive terroir of this extraordinary region...
You can learn more about Ramiro and his unfortified, single Pago Palomino wines in our website.
For those of you who reside in the NYC area, you can have a taste of Ramiro's wines alongside some delicious Indonesian food prepared by Rafiq Salim (formerly of Gramercy Tavern) on Monday, April 23rd (10:30 pm) at Tertulia. Liz Fayad, our NY Sales Manager (also formerly of Gramercy Tavern and Tertulia) and all around Jerez lover will be in the house. You can learn more about this upcoming party organized by the cool folks at En Rama here.