What's New in June
The 2006 vintage from three incredible properties in Northern Spain
Four new beautiful wines are landing in the coming weeks. They hail from an exceptional vintage and three wineries with a deep commitment to the land. These wineries are all owned by families with long ties to the land. Although some of these wines are newer projects for us, the affinity we feel for their efforts have won us over in a very short time.
All three of these properties are farmed with the same philosophy. They have a very natural approach using no pesticides, only organic fertilizer, and maintaining an active earth that creates its own protective environment. Vinification is also very similar; all three are focused on expressing the qualities of their land by using only indigenous yeasts to initiate fermentation and allowing the wines to essentially make themselves. All of the wines are limited so please call for availability.
A Coroa (D.O. Valdeorras)
Having tasted the six different parcels that make up this exciting new project from Valdeorras, I came away with a much better understanding of the wine and its terruño. A Coroa derives its unique qualities from the exceptional sites that encompass the vineyards surrounding the winery in A Rua and their two parcels in O Barco. One of these parcels in O Barco was planted by the Consejo to initiate the rebirth of the Denominacion of Origen. A variety of clones were planted to determine which ones were best adapted to the climate; after over 30 years of exhaustive studies on these clones, new plantings were established in the area.
A Coroa Godello 2006
Winemaker Notes: The vineyards are comprised of the following sites: Pedrero, Jares, O Sierro, Sobreira, Freixido and Corgono. The first three are in O Barco and the second three in A Rua. The vineyards range from gravelly soils to clay to slate and granite outcrops. Pedrero, with its gravelly soils, brings the wine richness and spiciness. O Sierro adds that quality of marzipans and a complete creamy mouth-feel. Freixido and Sobreira complete the wine with lovely herbal and mineral undertones.
Tasting Notes: Exotic aromas of spices, marzipan and limey fruit. The palate is round and reveals layers of different exotic fruits accented by minerals and herbs on the finish.
Doniene Gorrondona (D.O. Bizkaiko Txakolina)
This winery continues to impress. Not only do they have the unique parcel of not just old, but very old Hondarribi Beltza, but they are also an extremely capable husband and wife team. Andoni and Itziar share a philosophy of excellence in all facets of wine and food. Their all-natural winemaking focus and respect for their land is allowing the area to produce wines reflecting the ancient glory of Bakio, the once-famous area known for producing the best txakolina.
Winemaker Notes: This wine is sourced from eight hectares of steep hillsides located in the Bakio Valley. All the vineyards are farmed organically without the use of pesticides.
Tasting Notes: Lime and citrus aromas explode from the glass. Minerals and citrus notes on the palate complement the aromas. The mouth-feel is rich and lush, framed by bright acids.
Winemaker Notes: This incredible vineyard continues to defy expectations. It is the only remnant of a tradition of red wine production that existed in Bakio long-ago. Located at the top of the hill and overlooking the valley, the vineyards easily date back over 150 years.
Tasting Notes: Very pretty aromatics of blue fruits and stones are followed by a great palate of “fine” herbs and crunchy red fruits. Really nice mouth-feel and slightly more elegant than the 2005.
Do Ferreiro (D.O. Rias Baixas)
What can one say about this vineyard other than great things? Gerardo goes from strength to strength and when a vintage such as this comes along, all bets are off.
Winemaker Notes: When asked about the vintage Gerardo says that a reference for this type of year does not exist… The 2006 delivered on all expectations that were conceived upon its arrival.
Tasting Notes: Incredible aromas of herbs mix with minerals and hints of ocean spray. The wine is elegant and rich while maintaining a light and ethereal profile.
In the Press
Wine and Spirits: Critics' Picks
Wolfgang Weber picks Casamaro Blanco 2006 as one of his top values for 2007: "I also keep a bottle of Garciarevalo's 2006 Casamaro Rueda ($10) ready to go in the fridge door. It's clean and refreshing, perfect for a Saturday picnic and a game of Scrabble in San Francisco's Dolores Park." - Wine&Spirits
Adegas A Coroa
Muscular, full-bodied and assertive, with almond, anise, pear and smoke flavors and firm tannins. Austere but balanced and deep, this distinctive white is perfect for rich fish dishes. Drink now through 2009. –T.M., Wine Spectator (June 15, 2007)
The Drink: Move Over Rosé
Wines from Spain's north-west region of Galicia - now the country's leading producer of whites - are poised to be this summer's fashionable libation. The area's dominat grape, Albariño, produces aromatic and crisp wines that pair easily with food. Do Ferreiro combines the grape's exotic fruit qualities with earthy minerality. - Joanna Sherman, Departures
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