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  1. Bodegas Frontio Follaco Jaun Garcia Blend 2018
    Bodegas Frontio Follaco Jaun Garcia Blend 2018
    Arribes is a rocky, end-of-world location on the Spain-Portugal border, where the Duero becomes the Douro. The name translates to: "high above the Duero". The land is a combination of high altitude rolling plains and deep, steep canyons lurching down to the Douro's water course, at altitudes between 650-750m. It's hot (hotter than nearby Toro, for example) but also relatively moist. It is intensely remote. Wine has been produced here since the brief (pre-Roman) invasion by the Phoenicians.

    Thyge 'Chus' Jensen is an outsider - a Dane drawn to winemaking. After searching and working in various parts of Spain, in Fermoselle he found vineyards he could afford to buy, and with old vine character to preserve and interpret. His Danish name being unpronounceable to the locals, he's nicknamed 'Chus' and arrived in town in time to make a first vintage in 2016.

    The majority of fruit is the local red grape, Juan Garcia, accounting for 112 ha. Of the other main varieties, Rufete has 17ha, Bruñel 9 ha, Mencia 2ha, Syrah 22ha, Garnatxa 10ha, and another autochthon, Mandón has 4 hectares.

    Compared to Juan Garcia wines, this has a little more blue floral in the red fruit, thanks to the Tinta Madrid. An earthy, sweet-skinsy character lingers really well. Just a touch 'country', it's graceful, easy but structured and detailed, with a really nice long, open finish. The finish is delicate but with a nip of bitterness to tidy up the purple fruit. A light, savoury and clear wine with an open heart, beating alive. PWS
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    492
  2. Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto Fino 2018
    Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto Fino 2018
    Jorge Monzon's brazen approach landed him a job at one of the world's best wineries, Domaine Romanee Conti. He simply knocked on the door at the famed Vosne Romanee estate and stayed for 10 years. His last few years saw him working alongside the winery's cellar master, Bernard Noblet learning all aspects of making these prestigious wines. He began to understand that everything counts, even if it seems insignificant, that shortcuts should be avoided. He learned the beauty of wine.

    While working for 'the man' Jorge bought as many plots of old vine tinto fino (tempranillo) around his hometown village of La Aguilera in the province of Burgos - one of the best zones in Ribera del Duero. Many were destined for grubbing up or replanting with trellised vines. To date, Jorge has 66 hectares spread across 250 plots!

    '…it has the depth, concentration and nuance of the best wines from many wineries. It's produced in a more jovial style, but the wine comes from old vines that always have a field blend with small percentages of whatever grapes that are all fermented together, and these vines always produce a serious and deep wine. In 2018, it matured in French oak barrels for 11 months. This is very young and tender, expressive and aromatic, very much in line with the 2016. It has lots of energy and power, more than you might think, and it's serious. It's drinkable now, but it should get even better with some time in bottle. LUIS GUTIERREZ, wineadvocate.com
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    492
    Special Price $51.00 Regular Price $60.00
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