Friday, August 2
our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!
Doug Culver of C&G Imports will be pouring Spanish wines of Catalunya and Rioja.
Mas Candí 2016 Cava Brut Nature $17.99
Ramón Jané broke 500 years of family tradition in 2006 by vinifying a portion of his grapes with his wife Mercè Cuscó and best friend/oenologist Toni Carbó as Mas Candí—they had always sold their crop to large Cava producers. They remain grape growers first, farming biodynamically on the inland edge of the Garraf massif and crafting their wines in the vineyard. Over centuries of tasting, the Jané family has tailored their farming to focus on indigenous xarel•lo, which grows best in their living calcareous clay soils.
Frisach 2017 Terra Alta L’abrunet de Frisach Blanca $17.99
100% Garnatxa Blanca
With this wine, work in the vineyard is very important. To elaborate, we play with different maturity levels of the variety. We conducted two harvests of the same plants. The first harvest around the 11.5% ABV to achieve the proper and natural acidity of the grapes and the cooler and citrus notes of the variety. By removing some of the burden of the plant, the remaning grapes mature better. Later, we went to pick up the second half of the grapes likely alcohol content of around 14%. Then the two parts are joined together again during vinification. So what we get with this wine is the ultimate expression of the variety, Yin and Yang of Garnacha Blanca. This wine is not clarified nor stabilized to express the purest scents.
Frisach 2018 Terra Alta L’abrunet de Frisach Rosat $17.99
50% Garnatxa Gris, 30% Garnatxa Negre, y 20% Garnatxa Blanca
What happens if we gather all the grapes from the same farm? What happens if we put together different varieties? What can we do with an almost non-existent variety? And if we only use the must flower that falls? With these questions arose l'Abrunet by Frisach Rosat. The union of three varieties so similar but at the same time so different, collected at the same time, together and left to harmonize for a day.
La Bicicleta Voladora 2017 Rioja $14.99
La Bicicleta Voladora is Rioja like your Spanish grandmother wants it. Germán Roble Blanco uses classic vineyard technique to create this fresh fruited, thirsty bottle of “happy grapes, without bullshit, without wood!” The “flying bike” is a field blend of tempranillo and viura, a white varietal, which lends grace, juicily silky structure, and pretty aromatics to its classic Riojan partner. As with all of Germán’s projects, the result is delicious and honest as a farmer’s handshake. Think Beaujolais meets Rioja and enjoy with a slight chill.
Frisach 2018 Terra Alta L’abrunet de Frisach Negre $17.99
60% Garantía Fina, 40% Cariñena Aged in concrete tanks.
Our ancestors performed the assembly of their grapes in the vineyards, ie, some grapes of Cariñena and some Garnacha, what it is known as a blend in the vineyard. With this wine we want to recover this kind of elaboration method, but for the best maturation, we work with two vineyards that are located within the very varied topography of our region. When working with two varieties located in two different places we get the best ripening fruit and can work with perfect ripening.
Buil & Giné 2016 Priorat GinéGiné $23.99
40% Red Garnacha, 60% Cariñena
Joan Giné Giné is the reason Buil & Giné was founded. They started making their first wine in 1996: Giné Giné. Buil & Giné is based in Gratallops, the core of the DOQ Priorat, where they produce all their wines, and where they own 200 acres of beautiful licorella soils terraced vineyards. Their oldest vineyards were planted in 1908. Their vineyards are 45% Red Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 10% White varietals (White Garnaña, Macabeu, Viognier, and PX), and 15% other red varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. He pioneered and founded the wine cooperative, with the goal of preserving the terroir and culture of the region.