POP UP! Feat. Mark Lindzy
For more than a decade, the José Pastor Selections back label has been synonymous with authentic, fine Iberian wines. Our longevity has always been based on taking risks (the good kind). We entered the scene at a moment in wine history when regional and traditionally made Iberian wines were disappearing and being replaced by an international style stripped of terroir. It was a time when chemicals in the vineyard and manipulation in the winery were the most celebrated and profitable. Long before it was fashionable, we championed the work of traditionally minded growers who believed in a minimalist approach in the vines and in the cellar.
From old-school Rioja – a near extinct expression of Spanish winemaking – to the historic wines of Colares and noble reds of Galicia, we’ve introduced wine lovers to little-known grapes such as Caiño and Mencía from the ancient, underappreciated terraces of Ribeira Sacra. We’ve helped Americans rediscover the rare and ungrafted vineyards of the Canary Islands. Seeking out these almost forgotten regional and delicious wines and bringing them to our customers, while helping the small growers thrive, is what continues to drive us.
Isaac Cantalapiedra Cantayano
Cantayano is 100% Verdejo from 3 parcels – “Las Comas,” “El Chivitero,” and “Los Picones.” Grapes are destemmed, and macerated 4-24 hours before pressing. The juice is wild yeast fermented 90% in steel vat, 10% in used French barrels, raised on lees for 8 months, and bottled with a light filtration and fining. The result is one of the most authentic Verdejos we have tasted, with firm structure and a bewitching stone fruit herbal depth. This is a perfect wine to pair with flaky fish, sheep’s cheeses, and croquetas.
4 Monos Viticultores 4 monos tinto
4 Monos (4 Monkeys) is a team of four friends and lovers of wine native to this region, they met while hiking in the Gredos mountains, one of the most profound wine terroirs to emerge in recent years. Located 80km west of Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos is a mountain range that spreads over parts of three appellations – Méntrida, Vinos de Madrid, and Castilla y León – and sits between 600 and 1200 meters in elevation. Old bush vines planted on sand, granite, and schist intermingle with sweet-scented olive, evergreen, almond, and chestnut trees, scrub brush, chamomile, and wildflowers. This is a landscape that feels like a holy collision between the Mediterranean and the Alpine, and the region is often deemed magical for its beauty and immense diversity. wild yeast fermented for 30-40 days, then raised in 300, 400 and 500 liter used barrels for 9 months. This is a lively, fresh, and focused expression of the granitic soils and high elevation vineyards of the Sierra de Gredos. Grilled sausage, rustic veggies etc.
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Tinto
Cultivated since Roman times, Ribeira Sacra’s steep terraced vineyards are some of the most picturesque and treacherous to work in the world of wine – think Douro, Cote Rotie, or Mosel. Guímaro Tinto From multiple plots of Mencía vines with an average age of 40 years old, located in and around Ribeira Sacra. The un-oaked, regional tinto is all about immediate pleasure with pure, lush red fruits, spices, and slate-laden minerality. A wine to pair with all kinds of foods, especially chorizos, embutidos, roast pork, spicy foods, any dish with a lot of Pimentón.
Adega Regional de Colares Chão Rijo Tinto
Perched on craggly cliffs above the Atlantic, north and west of Lisbon, lays a tiny strip of land with one of the most unique terroirs in the world of wine – Colares. The native grapes Ramisco and Malvasia de Colares thrive here, producing wines that express the singularity of the region’s old ungrafted vines, sandy soils, and direct ocean influence. When speaking on Colares there is no way to get around the unique viticulture – as the vineyard work here is truly old school. No chemicals are used in the vineyards, and the vines are planted on their own roots or pé franco. Many vines are upwards of 100 years old. 80% Castelão (also called Periquita in other parts of Portugal) and 20% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). Lively, light bodied, earthy wine. A delicious wine to pair with an assortment of meats, rice dishes, and pastas.