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Staff Pick

La Banda del Argílico, MicroBio Wines - 2017

Item # 40191 750mL
$23.99/ Single Bottle
$287.88 $259.09/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Winemaker Ismael Gozalo makes a wine from Rueda that is like nothing we have ever tried. This white wine is a reflection of his philosophy in winemaking which is fortunate to benefit from centuries-old vines in some cases. This comes from ungrafted 140 year old Verdejo located in the province of Segovia at 900 meters in elevation. Medium in body, dry and full of raw almonds and complexities that are delectable.

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Staff Pick Notes

Call me Ismael. Here's something you might not ever find again: a zero sulfur Verdejo from 140 yr old, pre-phylloxera vines that have never been grafted or sprayed. Named for the unique streaks of clay running through the sand of the vineyard, this Verdejo isn't necessarily what you'd expect from a lower alcohol natural wine. What you have here is a wine with a lot of everything. Richly textured from half a year on the lees, with real body and complexity, it has aromas of tart tropical fruits and salted almonds bound up with a powerfully stony, mineral sensibility (like leaning down to the earth and putting your nose into the sandy soils), and fantastic acidity. As I drank it over the course of a week, it stood up to spicy mustard, smoked fish, and chicken tenders equally well.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...

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Located just east along the Duero River from the Ribera del Duero, this region is widely known for its delicious Verdejo based white wines. Often blended with Viura and Sauvignon Blanc, these wines can range from light, floral and crisp to richly textured and powerfully aromatic. For inexpensive quaffing wines - think summertime and ceviché - one need look no further.