2004 Finca Terrerazo - $52
Bodegas Mustiguillo is located approximately 200 miles west of Valencia in Spain’s Utiel-Requena DO. The bodega’s sustainably-farmed vineyards are situated on a plateau 2,000 feet above sea level and are planted mainly with the local varietal Bobal, and also with Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot, with vines up to 90 years old.
Malleolus de Valderramiro
2004 Malleolus de Valderramiro - $132
The Moro family has been growing grapes and making wine in Ribera del Duero for over 100 years, and have been bottling wine under their own name since 1988. Proprietor Jose Moro oversees Bodegas Emilio Moro’s 260 acres of vineyards, and the winery focuses exclusively on red wines made from Tinto Fino, the clone of Tempranillo indigenous to Ribera del Duero.
La Peira en Damaisela
La Pèira en Damaisèla
This exciting domaine was founded in 2004 by Rob Dougan, a English composer with a passion for the wines of Languedoc. He purchased 25 acres of existing vineyards in the arid hills west of Montpellier, brought in Jèrèmie Depierre, a winemaker with Chateau Margeaux on his resume, and achieved almost instantaneous success.
La Pèira en Damaisèla is located in the Terrasses du Larzac AOC, a subregion in the much larger Coteaux du Languedoc. Though only granted AOC status in 2005, Terrasses du Larzac has long been the epicenter of a modern Lauguedoc renaissance, in which La Pèira en Damaisèla plays a very visible role.
Le Vieux Donjon
2006 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape - $71
Le Vieux Donjon was founded in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Together they make a classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape, one exemplifies the power and elegance of Grenache and Syrah without the influence of new oak, and that ages and evolves wonderfully.
The domaine covers 30 acres of vineyards, all farmed organically. The soils are mainly limestone and clay, and are studded with the round, rust-colored stones for which the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are famous. The oldest vines are over 80 years old and so filled with these stones that a special tractor is needed to work the soil.
Owen Roe Slide Mtn. Cab Franc
2008 Owen Roe Slide Mountain Cabernet Franc - $75
Store favorite Owen Roe works with single-vineyard sites in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and the Yakima Valley in Washington. The climate of both these areas is characterized by relatively cool days and a long growing season. This enables winemaker David O’Reilly to produce wines that balance rich fruit and oak with bracing acidity.
The Slide Mountain Vineyard is a remote vineyard in the Yakima AVA in Washington State. Planted only to Cab Franc, it sits at 1,200 feet and receives a scant 7 inches of rainfall per year. Mimimal irrigation water is supplied by a natural spring. No herbicides or pesticides are used.