One of Spain’s most exciting and aspirational projects, Envinate, meanwhile, showed us what drinkability, originality and locality are all about in their Envínate Vinos Atlánticos Migan 2020, which is a sensational expression of mainly listan negro coming from two parcels of wild and braided 100-year-old-plus vines. And from the white spectrum, the Envínate Vinos Atlánticos Palo Blanco 2020 is a rare, brilliant expression of listan blanco from the best parcel for the grape grown on old vines at an altitude of 600 meters.
Rioja also delivered by way of the Bodegas Roda Rioja Cirsion 2019, which epitomizes how a modern Rioja producer can become a classic, with superb and consistent quality. And one of Rioja’s most idiosyncratic traditionalists, Lopez de Heredia, demonstrated how premium quality can marry so well with the taste of tradition with his Viña Bosconia and Viña Tondonia from the 2011 vintage, which not only showed aged, savory complexity and length but also a bright vibrancy from the zesty fruit.
And there were also plenty of tasty albariños from Spain, including the Sal da Terra Albariño Rías Baixas 2020 – a pure, elegant and complex offering – as well as the Zárate Albariño Rías Baixas El Palomar 2020, another intense and zesty albariño with nuanced aromas.
And for a sterling amontillado, try Gonzalez Byass’s recent release, the Gonzalez Byass Jerez Tio Pepe Cuatro Palmas Amontillado NV, which is a truly stunning, concentrated and profound amontillado – super intense, salty but bright, and tangy on the palate with an endless finish. A unique sherry, for sure, and one that will hopefully tide you over during these hot summer months.
– Vince Morkri, Managing Editor