2015 Vina Ijalba Maturana Blanca ($16). Vina Ijalba is an excellent Rioja producer to discover because of their diverse offering of rare varietals. Maturana Blanca is an obscure grape from Rioja that many enthusiasts of the region are even unaware of. The grape almost became extinct but luckily has a few remaining hectares. The organic and golden-colored wine has subtle herbal notes with pronounced tropical and citrus fruits. It finishes dry and thoroughly refreshing.
2014 Fredi Torres ‘Cepas Centenarias do Salnes Finca Maruxa’ Albarino ($45). All of the vines Fredi Torres farms are organic and biodynamic. This albarino from Rias Baixas is truly one of a kind. There is only a tiny amont produced from these 100+ year-old vines. There is minimal winemaking intervention (minimal sulfur at bottling), allowing the grapes to fully express the site. The result is truly impressive balance, minerality, delicacy, and aromatics.
2011 Avinyo Cava Brut Nature Reserva ($22). This cava is produced in Penedes and contains the three common grape varieties: Xarel-lo, Macabeu, and Parellada. We love this cava’s vibrancy and acidity. It was made traditionally with no dosage - making it bone dry. This is far and away one of the most refreshing sparkling wines in the shop.
2015 Marc Isart La Maldicion Tinto de Valdilecha ($15). This proptery is farmed bio-dynamically and is located just 30 minutes outside of Madrid in the warm D.O. of Vinos de Madrid. The vineyards are challenging to farm due to the rugged terrain, but it is Marc’s passion to represent purely terroir-driven wines from this area. Tinto de Valdilecha is one of the more unique blends in the shop containing around 80% Tempranillo and 20% Malvar. Malvar adds beautiful lift and freshness to the Tempranillo, giving it a “friendly drinkability” factor while still maintaining Tempranillo’s darker fruit and earth tones.
2015 Oriol Artigas Mas Pellisser Vi Vermell ($25). This organic bottling is produced in Alella, located near Barcelona, which is currently the smallest D.O. in all of Spain. The region has an impressive history with winemaking dating back to Roman times. The wine is a unique blend of Garnacha tinta, Syrah, and Sumoll. Sumoll is a grape variety native to Catalunya that nearly went extinct due to replanting of more commercial grapes and its difficulty to farm. This is a young and exciting winemaker who is successfully bringing new enthusiasm to this ancient region.
2012 Dominio Do Bibei Lalama ($36). Mencia is one of the most exciting red grape varieties in Spain because of its quality, appeal, and versatility. This bottling is composed mostly of Mencia along with tiny amounts of Brancellao, Mouraton, Souson, and Garnacha from the mountainous and sometimes harsh sub-zone of Ribeira Sacra. This polished wine has generous dark fruit, mineral, and herbal characteristics.