2011 Viñedos Culturales "La Viña de Simon" Alicante

SKU #1135866

Proprietor Rafa Bernabé has been farming and producing wines in the Alicante region for a while now, having developed a solid reputation locally in particular for his Monastrell wines. Recently, though, Bernabé has become enamored with both traditional farming methods of indigenous grape varieties, as well as ancestral methods of wine production (for example, Rafa experiments with amphora for a few of his wines, and was recently visiting Georgia for a symposium on the topic). These are wines made from organic grapes, fermented with native yeasts, with zero to minimal levels of SO2 added prior to bottling. All of the wines under his Viñedos Culturales label are not merely original or outside the box for Spain (though they are certainly, at times, just that) but often times delicious, bright and gluggable in a way that makes them worth discovering. La Viña de Simon is a 70 year-old vineyard of Merseguera grapes. Whoa, is this bright and acid-driven white wine! As my palate was so shocked (in a good way) from the tingle of acidity and immediate intensity of flavor, this is unfortunately the most articulate tasting note I can muster for the time being, until I have the chance to sit down and consider a bottle more thoroughly. What a fascinating, lively wine from Spain's southeast! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2013 | Send Email
I'm a sucker for really well made, unique, natural wines, so it should come as no surprise that this one won me over. Made from a little known varietal called Mersecuera, harvested from 70-year-old vines in Alicante, this white is fermented on its skins and is aged in oak. It's incredibly interesting, smelling like orange juice concentrate spiked with allspice and clove, with wonderful texture, depth and freshness on the palate. A must try!

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