Lo Brujo (Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra)
Some co-ops are better than others. When old vines and a talented winemaker come together, the results can be extraordinary values. OK, so maybe Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra is not Produttori del Barbaresco but perhaps it is a Spanish version of Caves des Estezargues, the great southern Rhone co-op whose wines fill the bottles of many a private label. Located in the small town of Villarroya de la Sierra, the talented Manuel Castro unites farmers of predominately small-plots of old bush vine plantations (some over 100 years old!) with traditional winemaking in large concrete tanks. All practices in the vineyards and the bodega are sustainable and the resulting wines are of exceptional value. Field Blend Selections is pleased to offer the Lo Brujo Garnacha and Macabeo, two excellent values.
For a closer look at Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra, visit: http://www.bonvivantimports.com/post/inside-look-at-bodegas-virgen-de-la-sierra.html or for an interesting article (in Spanish), visit vinummedia.com
Lo Brujo Garnacha 2016
Lo Brujo Garnacha is made from sustainably farmed bush vines of Garnacha averaging 50 years in age. The vines are planted to iron-rich, stony, red soils in the rolling hills of Calatayud. At harvest, the grapes are pressed and naturally fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel vats. The wine is left to settle through the cold winter and is aged for 9 months in the bottle before release. It has an expressive bouquet of brambly fruit: blackberry, black cherry, red currant, and spice. On the palate, the wine features concentrated berry flavors, lovely spiciness, and a strong yet well-balanced core of minerality. This is an outstanding wine and an exceptional value.
Review of 2015 Vintage: "all stainless steel) Bright ruby-red. Pungent red berry, cherry and lavender scents are sharpened by zesty mineral and peppery spice notes. Sappy and incisive on the palate, offering ripe raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that smoothly blend richness and energy. Finishes taut, spicy and long, displaying gentle tannins and a suave suggestion of candied flowers. 90 Points" - Josh Raynolds, Vinous - Jan '17