We’ve started a new series here at Vinos Y Más. Many of you have seen our various vintage Butcher’s Block tables in our two stores in SoHo. We have over 600 selections in our wine shop so we’re doing a weekly series where we highlight 5 bottles that are drinking great. Bottles from producers we love, and with a cool story to tell.
This week check out the following:
What Comando G can do with the grape Garnacha is basically limitless. They have certainly hit there mark here again with this delightful Gredos-creation. As per their model: old vines at a minimum of 50 years, from a few select parcels grown in the mountains and in this case harvested a touch early to avoid overly ripe and alcoholic grapes. The wine tastes like a purple parade down flavor town. Or more seriously, like a wine you would like to drink with Ultra Crispy Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder. Elegant, lithe, and unlike any Garnacha you’ve ever tried.
To those that know, Juan Antonio is THE Prince of Bobal (the grape) coming from Manchuela. We’ve loved his wines for years at this point and often carry his entire lineup. The “Pino” is 37 year old, organically-farmed Bobal fermented with natural yeasts and whole-clusters. This brings out a complex and multi-faceted note that is not found in younger Bobal-based wines (i.e.: not the simple fruity style but something more serious and delicious). Its deep, dark, with a hint at floral notes and some savory notes. You want this with charcuterie or with a spicy-sausage pasta.
It seems almost ridiculous to write about the wines from Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Jr. They are gifted, with expert winemaking genes coursing through their veins. It doesn’t hurt that their parents were also winemakers, thus passing down guidance and insight on the terroir of Priorat, Montsant, and Cataluña. ‘Venus’ is the project that came after “years of searching for beauty and looking for femininity from the earth.” Sounds like something you might like to drink, no? “Mystery, seduction, balance, and passion” describe this Garnatxa/Carignan/Syrah blend that is the perfect Mediterranean red, on the fuller-side.
From northern Tenerife in the Canary Islands, comes this fantasy tale of farmer-turned-winemaker, Dolores Cabrera. For years she cared for grapes organically, partially certified which is very costly, and sold them off to other wineries. The soil here is very special, all decomposed volcanic ash, which is rare and only found in a few other countries like Italy and Greece. In 2013 she began to vinify and bottle herself. And we’re so glad she did! Listan Negro is the king grape in these lands, which she de-stems and eventually lets it rest in old Burgundian barrels. Filled with all those lovely red-foresty fruits, with cracked peppercorns, and lingering minerality. Grill up some octopus, make a wood-fired pizza, or serve it with a slight chill on its own. Mmmmm!
Prieto Picudo is not (yet) a grape that rolls off the tongue. Hailing from Castilla Y León, and basically no where else in the world, this is a grape that is packed with dark, dusty earth, very strong tannins, and a far amount of acidity to boot. Sometimes we describe them similar to the grape Tennat (equally as obscure to most people). Basically, open this wine with plenty of time to breathe and order a half-pound of brisket from Mighty Quinn’s and you’re all set!