Vineyards at Cesca Vicent
Equipped with a detailed soil map of her estate, illustrating its 11 different soils types, Francesca Vicent–a fifth generation producer–makes terroir driven wines. Dating to the 15th century, Cesca Vicent is one of the oldest Priorato vineyards. Drawing from two separate plots that reside at 160-240m altitude–Mas d’en Corral and Maria Prunera–Cesca Vicent, at 13.2ha, cultivates organic vineyards. Working with these varying soil types, Francesca also has a variety of microclimates at her fingertips. In 2006 the estate conducted a study of their soils, performing some 30 boring tests, so that they might analyze the results and best match each soil type with the most optimal grape varietal.
Three generations at Mas Foraster: Ricard Sebastia, Josep Foraster, & Julieta
Located in central Catalunya, Conca de Barberá is well known for its production of cava, but it is also home to Mas Foraster, one of two producers to make a red wine from Trepat, a native grape that is typically reserved for rosé wines and cavas. Using estate fruit only, the family run Mas Foraster practices integrated farming and occupies 29ha, 14ha of which are dedicated to the production of red grapes, including 3.5ha of 51 -year-old vines of Trepat. “To me, the [Josep Foraster] Trepat was like a Grand Cru Beaujolais of Spain,” says Jorge, our South American/Iberian Portfolio Director. “It’s new to most everybody…no one has really been exposed to it on its own.”
Just in from Serge Laloue: the 2011 Harvest Report!
The first samples were taken on August 10th, confirming that the approximate 3-week head start the vines got in the spring was maintained. From then on, the grapes developed normally under a mix of sunny conditions and rainy spells. The opening of the harvest was officially set for September 7th.
Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri discusses the importance of returning to traditional bush vines and field blends.
In June, Georgia Blume went with Andre Tamers to visit his wineries in Northern Spain. What follows are her recollections and reflections. Thanks Georgia!
In June, I was fortunate to be invited by Andre Tamers to visit his wineries in Northern Spain. If you don’t know Andre, he is the founder of De Maison Selections, arguably the most interesting and revolutionary Spanish importer in the country right now. Andre Tamers and Tom Edward ironically both started in the wine world “repping” the street for Monsieur Touton, and Tom was the first distributor to bring Andre’s wines in 15 years ago.
Elizabeth Pressler of Elizabeth Spencer
Tuesday’s Domestic Portfolio Tasting at the Union Square Ballroom marked the passing of the Domestic baton at TEW. From the hands of Patrick Burke, who now takes singular charge of our French Portfolio to the palms of Brian Pilliod and Juerie Park, our Domestic Portfolio, as shown on Tuesday, demonstrates a foundation of talented winemakers from California and the Pacific Northwest. From 11:00 to 4:30, the crowds flowed in with rain on their shoes. It was an excellent showing and we wish to thank all the winemakers and tasters who came by to celebrate the launching of another great year.
It’s been a while since I’ve ridden this path regularly, off 9W and through Piermont to Nyack, north along the Hudson River, via River Road. It’s been over four years, since I’ve spent time on the bike. And when I was riding, it was all about the training, or chatting with teammates, as we rode in the park or over the GWB, and so I rarely took enough notice of my surroundings. In fact, we used to joke about racing in beautiful locals, like the Ephrata Stage Race in Pennsylvania, or Housatonic Hills in CT, or Bear Mountain…”What a beautiful course!” Yeah…Nice pavement! We spent a lot of time staring at the ground, looking for, reacting to, or initiating the next move, with no time to admire the farms, houses, countryside, or forests.
Yes, the Vuelta España is over, however, our love of all fermentations from Basque County is not. And because, for 15 years, the Vuelta began and finished in Bilbao, we thought it most appropriate to finish our coverage of the Vuelta with Isastegi, a natural cider from Basque Country, which is also how we’ll toast the announcement that next year’s Vuelta will begin in Pamplona (also in Basque), of the running bulls fame.