- Espelt Garnacha Blanca Old Vines 2014 Product #30261 (In Stock)
Old, bush-trained, white Garnacha from Catalonia's Emporda nature preserve picked white and aged in neutral wood. Think Albarino or even Chablis, but with more body and exotic flavors of green pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine peel, and green fig. Richly textured but clear, precise, and lifted by tangy fruit and dusty minerality. Very long, very delicious.
- En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2014 Product #29833 (In Stock)
1,115 bottles made, 576 imported. Before I tasted this, I would have said Silvia Puig makes some of the very best Garnatxa Blanca - white Grenache - in the world. After tasting her 2014, all I can say is that this is the best example I've ever tasted and I'm absolutely at a loss to imagine a better one. In part, the fresh, pure, 2014 vintage is at work here, but also Silvia's decision to ferment the wine in both 500 liter French oak and clay amphora before aging in steel. Here, more or less verbatim, is what I wrote when Jonas first poured it for me:
"I love this. More drive and precision and minerality than 2013 without any loss of fruit or generosity. Clarity. So fresh and clean and utterly seductive. Long and pure with pineapple, peach and honey and brilliant intensity. So much flavor and freshness. Minerality. This is so very, very, delicious."