2014 Micro Bio "Rack" Verdejo Vino de la Tierra de Leon

SKU #1258730

From The Wine Advocate's Luis Gutierrez: "Ismael Gozalo is the vigneron from Ossian. He started there with Javier Zaccagnini (of Aalto) as a partner because he does not want to be involved in the commercial side of the business. When Zaccagnini sold his share of Ossian to Pago de Carraovejas (also from Ribera del Duero), he continued his role as the winemaker and vine grower for Ossian. But long ago he had started a small side project where he wanted to give free rein to his creativity, produce some crazy wines (sometimes), break all the rules and have joint-ventures with fellow vignerons from different regions in Spain. The range here is quite eclectic (he even produced some mead) and the wines have a marked personality. He has a small winery in the village of Nieva where he has room to produce some 10,000 bottles per year. I've used his name, as it what appears in all the labels, but he has created a new name; he's starting to use MicroBioWines. 60% of his production is exported. I tasted a very eclectic collection of wines, no less than eight Verdejos from different plots and produced in different ways. Many of these wines are almost academic, as quantities are really small. But they show how many different things can be achieved with the reviled Verdejo grape. I wish more 'natural' wines were like these."

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