We are extremely excited to carry the wines from Envínate who produce wines from the Canary Islands, Ribeira Sacra, and Extremadura. We were drawn to their energy, balance, and freshness, which can sometimes be deficient in such warm southern and relatively harsh climates. Until recently, we had not heard of this producer because they were not widely exported.
The dynamic quatro met at the University of Miguel Hernandez where they studied Enology and, a decade ago, began producing stunning wines with clear expressions of uniquely chosen terroirs. Many of the vineyards are farmed organically with untrained vines and are located in, generally speaking, rough continental conditions at high-elevations with an Atlantic climate - some of the vines on the Canary Islands are sitting on extremely steep cliffs peering directly over the Atlantic!
The common thread we find between the Envínate wines are their balance, the deep and spicy earth notes with breathtaking mineral complexity. In short they are all stunning and – perhaps above all, exciting!
*Needless to say, these wines are extremely limited~
Parcela Valdemedel is an organically farmed and clay-calcareous vineyard located in Alange, which is approximately a two-hour drive North of Seville and an hour and a half East of Alentejo, Portugal. The site tops-out at over 1,500 feet and the grape here is Tinta Amarela aka Trincadeira in Portugal. This particular bottling is interesting due to the minimal winemaking approach because clusters are crushed by foot and fermentation (including Malolactic fermentation) is initiated naturally. The wine is not racked for almost a year while sitting in large French oak barrels. This creates a beautiful and pure depiction of this unique red grape variety and pairs well with pork or veal chops. In stock: 1 case
2013 Táganan Blanco $28
This field blend includes grapes such as Albillo Criollo, Gual, and Malvasia and is grown on untrained vines on the Canary Islands. The vineyards are surrounded by mountains that peer directly over the Atlantic, and as a result, are farmed (carefully) by hand. The sheer elevation, volcanic soil, traditional farming and winemaking practices (partial skin contact, native yeasts, and contact with the lees) create a rich, well-structured yet mineral/flinty-driven white wine with fantastic balance and acidity. A racy and sexy wine perfect with seafood~ In stock: 3 btls
2013 Táganan Parcela Amogoje $40
The Parcela Amogoje is similar to the former in the respect of region and blend, but this specific plot sits at a higher elevation with much older vines that simply lay on the ground untrained with their original pre-phylloxera roots. Amogoje refers to the type of rock found at this site and is highly reflective in the wine. We like to think of this white as having similarities as fine White Burgundy but with a volcanic twist. The Amogoje drinks beautifully now but is certainly built for aging. In stock: 3 btls
The Parcela Camino Novo is a specific parcel in Ribeira Sacra’s subzone of Amandi. The vines are 70 years old giving the wine more body than the Aldea bottling. The dominant notes here are cayenne pepper and cocoa. There is a strong spine of acid that supports the high-medium weight of this mostly-Mencia wine. While this is delicious now it could use 30 minutes of airtime before drinking. Or 3-5 years in the cellar. In stock: 8 btls
2013 Lousas Parcela Seoane $40
The Seoane is also Mencia based (about 95%) – though no one knows what the other varieties are…! These Mencia vines are a decade older than the Carcela Camino Novo but similar in body. This specific bottling has the most textural finesse – it is absolutely stunning and can be enjoyed right now – it has all the spice and richness but also, of course, all the necessary acid for a delicious wine that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods. Don’t miss this one! In stock: 12+ btls