2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis Arco" Alicante

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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 delicious, bright and gluggable in a way that makes them well worth discovering. Produced from the obscure, native Fourcayat grape, and then raised in both French oak and acacia barrels, this red has wine geek pedigree to spare. More importantly, it is an amazingly delicious, expressive, intensely flavored red wine that makes you want to drink it. It is one of those wines where, again (this seems to be a running theme with Bernabé's wines) tasting notes escape me and in their place my notebook reads "Yes!" and "TASTY!" (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
Another stunning wine from this producer, the Ramblis Arco is made from yet another grape that I've never heard of--Forcayat del Arco. Aged in French oak and acacia barrels,the wine has a floral, honeyed tone to complement its aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. It's very pretty, with great acidity and just enough grip to keep it interesting.

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