• Galician Wines to Geek Out About

    A spotlight on two incredible bottles that should be on your dinner table.

     

    Xosé Lois Sebio is making impossible to miss wines in the oldest wine-region in Galicia, DO Ribeiro.  Away from fashions and conventions; his sole intention is to respect and express the terroir.  He discovers vineyards that are difficult to farm producing wines with soul and personality.

    Super Héroe 2015 is a Galician field-blend of 20% Ferrol, 20% Sousón, 15% Caiño Longo, 10% Bastardo & 35% of other local varieties.  A feast for the senses, it is delightfully aromatic with notes of violet, black fruits, figs and plums, combined with subtle hints of black pepper and mineral tones.  Elegant and expressive.  Rich yet vibrant on the finish.

    Sip on this with a traditional paella, Chuletón de Ternera, or with oven-made pulled-pork sliders on a brioche bun with crunchy pickled red onions and slaw.  $48.99/bottle.

     

     

    From the first moment we tasted Bodegas Fulcro “Finca A Pedreira” Albariño we knew there was something magical about the producer.  The wine has a salinity and minerality unlike other Albariños out there, a sense of razor-sharp precision.

    In April and we were lucky enough to spend a whirlwind afternoon with winemakerManuel Moldes (aka Chicho) in his vineyards – more like small parcels – dotted throughout the hills in the subregion of Salnés, in Rías Baixas.

    You could think of Chicho akin to Bill Nye Science Guy – with unending energy and curiosity about the world and the vines around him.  His approach to viticulture is environmentally friendly. He farms with the health of the plant in mind and uses very minimal intervention.  His winery is a small garage off the side of his house.  There he uses mostly steel tanks and favors the freshness of wines that do not undergo malolactic fermentation.

    While he makes a few small cuvées, we find that his 2017 Albariño is a wine that we have on repeat not only in the Summer months but all year round.  It’s the type of “house wine” you’ll always want to have in your fridge.  If you happened to make a grilled shrimp salad with fresh corn, avocado, and red peppers, or rosemary-lemon roasted chicken this would wash it all down nicely too.  $21.99/bottle

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  • New Wines Up On The Butcher’s Block

    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:

    El Hombre Bala

    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.

    Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

    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.

    Venus “La Universal”

    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.

    Dolores Cabrera Fernández “La Araucaria”

    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!

    Leyenda del Páramo “El Medico”

    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!

     

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