|Grape/Varietal : Tempranillo||Color : Red|
|Origin : Spain||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Rioja||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2018||Natural Factor: Organic|
In the village of Albares de la Ribera, high in the mountains of the Bierzo Alto in Northwestern Spain, winegrower Germán Blanco recuperates and farms old-vine piezas (small family vineyards) planted by his great-grandmother (whom he named the vineyard after) and her neighbors. Feral and fragrant, planted on oak- and chestnut-covered slopes rising as high as 1000 meters above the valley of the beautiful Boeza River, festooned with wild flowers and mountain herbs, these vineyards are the source for some of the most energetic and memorable Mencia-based wines in Spain.
Germán makes all of his wines naturally and simply, as his great-grand mother (Aurora) would have done: foot-trodden, nothing destemmed, fermented in amphora and/or open top barrel, then aged for one year in 4-8 year-old french barrels of varying size (depending on the parcel). A pinch of sulfur is added at bottling.
"The Flying Bicycle" is Germán Blanco's new project in Rioja Baja. With the help of an old friend and fellow oenologist, Javier Collio, Germán sources fruit from certified organic vineyards in the Navarra part of the appellation. The vineyards are dry-farmed and have an average age of thirty-five years old, grown in a mix of clay and limestone. The wine is made in a cellar in San Adrian, following the Milú philosophy: "happy wines made from happy grapes" is how he defines it. The grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in cold temperature from native yeasts. A slight maceration before the end of fermentation helps to make a delicate and fresh wine; no oak is used, and the wine stays in concrete tanks from five to six months.
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