05 Mar Natural Wine That’s Not a Natural Disaster!
We’ll be the first to admit that the “natural wine” category is at best difficult, as the quality can vary from bottle to bottle. We focus on whites typically, as the higher acidity usually found in whites creates a more stable wine. That said, we’ve come across a red that is not only a stunning natural wine but highly rated AND an amazing value to boot! This is made from some of Spain’s most ancient varieties (Garnacha Peluda, Rojal ,and Arco) and aged in clay amphorae AKA tinajas.
2018 Vinessens “Colección Origen El Vivero de Usaldón,” Alicante DOP
On Sale $9.99
30% full clusters and the rest uncrushed grapes to ferment in tinajas with natural yeasts, pressed after it finished fermenting and put back in the tinajas for four months. It’s clean, precise and quite fruit driven but not banal, with an earthy touch. The palate is medium-bodied and revealed fine tannins and good freshness. It’s 13% alcohol and feels just perfect and very balanced.
92 points, The Wine Advocate