Some interesting, rare sherries from Gonzalez Byass

Tried these. Really lovely and rare.

Gonzalez Byass Añada 1987
This is a Palo Cortado, and it hasn’t been in a solera – instead, it’s made from casks from a single vintage that are set aside and then bottled when they are deemed ready. It has a super-complex nose of citrus, old wood and spice. The palate [...]

Ermita del Conde Albillo Centenario 2013

This is a superb, affordable Spanish white, made from a centenarian high-altitude (900 m) vineyard just outside (to the north east of) the Ribera del Duero DO. It’s made from the rare-ish Albillo Mayor grape variety, which is thought to be one of the parents of Tempranillo.

Ermita del Conde is a relatively new vineyard, established [...]

The stunning Envínate Táganan Parcela wines

Had these at Mr Primack’s place. He’s a big fan of these wines, and I am too, now.

Envínate is a collaboration between four winemakers who are exploring distinctive terroirs in Tenerife (where these wines come from) and Ribeira Sacra. The partners – Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez – met while studying oenology [...]

Some nice wines at The Remedy - Don Chisciotte Fiano, Salvaje Blanco, Vin Nu, Oliveras Verdelho 12

Popped into The Remedy a few days ago for a drink with Mr Primack. We had some interesting things, as you’d expect. Here are my notes.

Barranco Oscuro Salvaje Blanco 2014 Spain
This comes from Europes highest vineyards. Barranco Oscuro have 12 hectares in the Sierra de Contraviesa near Granada in the south of Spain. This wine [...]

Three interesting whites: LAM, Gramona Ovum and Montinore Borealis

We tasted quite a few wines at the Tampere Wine Symposium, and one of the highlights was this flight of three whites. These aren’t expensive wines, but they’re really compelling and delicious.

Gramona Ovum Xarel-lo 2013 Catalunya, Spain
From a 4 hectare vineyard, fermented and aged in concrete eggs and amphorae. Lovely complex wine with nuts, lively [...]

Alfredo Arribas and his SiurAlta wines, from high altitude Montsant, Spain

Alfredo Arribas grew up and lived in Barcelona, and developed a successful career as an architect. He travelled the world working on interior design and architecture, and among other things had a hand in the Barcelona Olympics.

In 2001 he started his second life: in wine. There were two factors that led him this way. First, [...]

Barcelos de Biobra 2014 Valdeorras, a brilliant naturally made Spanish red

This is a lovely wine. It’s a varietal Mencia from Galicia, from the Valdeorras appellation, which is quite a bit inland on the river Sil. Some background on the wine from importer Ben Llewelyn of Carte Blanche:

Biobra is a Mencia from a tiny vineyard in the eastern end of Valdeorras produced by the excellent Gallegos-speaking [...]

Equipo Navazos Fino En Rama

Regular readers will know that I have been quite a fan of Fino En Rama, ever since Gonzalez Byass reintroduced the concept a few years ago. Here’s the en rama 2015 edition from one of the most celebrated of all sherry producers, Equipo Navazos. It’s available in the UK from their agent, Alliance Wine.

Equipo Navazos Fino [...]

Some more pictures from the road

Some more pictures from the road. I’m now back from the quick Spain and Portugal trip, but I thought I’d share these. First of all, a couple of pictures from the brief stop in Ribeiro, the region inland from Rias Baixas that is a hot spot for the Treixadura grape variety.

Next, a shot of the [...]

On the road in Spain and Portugal

Today is the third day of a brief three day trip taking in Galicia (Spain) and the Minho (northern Portugal). I’m travelling with Nick Oakley, visiting his agencies in the region, so we’re covering quite a bit of ground, and I’m visiting these producers for the first time. I’m pressed for time, so a proper [...]