Today we’re exploring wines from north and central Spain, with one hearty rosado (rosé) and two beautiful reds in the line-up. All come from José Pastor Selections, one of our favorite importers of Spanish wines because of their commitment to the small-scale organic and biodynamic producers who work with indigenous grapes of the Iberian peninsula. These are all natural wines that express a sense of place and history.
We’ll start with a rosado of old vine Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) from Alfredo Maestro in the Ribera del Duero region. It’s full bodied, bursting with berry and citrus, and an ideal rosé for the fall season. Next, from the far northwest, we have a Mencia by Laura Lorenzo. Laura has dedicated herself to reviving ancient, near-abandoned vineyards of Ribeira Sacra with the grape varieties that once thrived there, and her interpretation of Mencia (with some Godello blended in for lift) is bright and textural with currant, cranberry, and spice notes. We’ll finish in the Castilla-La Mancha region--the heart of Spain--with another Garnacha Tintorera from Envínate, a collective of four friends making some of Spain’s most exciting natural wines. Its floral aroma, earthy dark fruit, pepper, and black tea notes are a treat for the senses.
Alfredo Maestro Tejero Amanda Rosado 2015 Laura Lorenzo Daterra Viticultores Casas de Enriba Mencia 2015 Envinate Albahra Garnacha Tintorera 2015
Flight of 3 wines, $15 Saturday November 5, 12-7pm As always, featured bottles are for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only.