Spain is not only an arbiter of great food, but the wines are standouts as well. Clearly meals are a priority in a country where an afternoon siesta is a nationwide tradition. The diverse climates and geography mean that a range of wines are being produced, from salty seaside whites to deep dark reds of Rioja and Priorat. In fact, a new generation of sparkling wine production is emerging as well – it’s not just about Cava, but Corpinnat. We highlight two outstanding producers this month who are exceptional in their fields.
This family owned winery is famous for discerning quality and the fact that they have rebelliously embraced an emerging designation for Spanish traditional method sparkling wines which was founded in 2018: Corpinnat. This designation follows more rigorous standards than often inexpensive Cava; in fact, their standards actually exceed even that of Champagne. Today, this collective designation includes 11 exceptional estates.
Limited production, organic farming, hand harvesting, and longer tirage are just a few of the requirements of Corpinnat. These are refined and nuanced sparkling wines that are being noticed more and more.
Gramona Mart Rosé
Made from an almost extinct grape variety, Xarel-lo Vermell, this stainless steel fermented wine exhibits the refreshing primary aromas unique to this variety. The light pink shade is reminiscent of an orange wine, and the complexities make this a standout. This is a unique rosé perfect for those customers that want something small production, original, and weirdly unique.
Gramona Gessami Blanc
Aptly called “gessami” which means “jasmine,” this wine has aromas of white flowers and stone fruit. It’s literally bursting with bright flavors thanks to the base of muscat and sauvignon blanc. This white blend is an outstanding alternative to rieslings and other perfumed white wines, and could be a fabulous fit with spicy Asian or Mexican dishes.
2017 La Cuvée Gran Reserva
This is not your average Spanish sparkling wine. It’s floral and round with a long, complex finish. Spanish restaurants that want something of elegance and higher quality would find this an awesome addition to their list. Higher end restaurants with wine pairing flights or more adventurous diners would be an excellent fit as well.
Intense yet distinguished, this is the creme de la creme of Gramona’s Corpinnat line. Fresh baked croissant overtones mingle nicely with apple and pear, and its full and creamy palate make this perfect for a special occasion. This could stand on any wine list with a selection of finer Champagnes or Franciacortas.
Known for purity and focus, this biodynamic winery uses old world practices every step of the way. Whole cluster fermentation, foot treading, concrete tanks and native yeasts produce some of the most ethereal Garnacha and Carinyena in the world. Two brothers, Joan and Josep, who are the 7th generation of their family of farmers, truly exhibit what it means to make expressive and responsible wines.
Joan D’anguera Finca La Planella
The Carinyena, Syrah, and Garnacha from this exceptional vineyard thrives in clay limestone soils, which give it nuances and mouthfeel. This is not a light wine; it coats the mouth and offers a mix of fruity and savory flavors on the palate. This is a wine made for any restaurant serving steak, but also in its unpretentiousness goes exceptionally well with barbecue.
Joan D’anguera Altaroses
This wine is meant to showcase younger Garnacha vines throughout the region of Darmos, Spain, and with minimal intervention it is expressive and lively. This wine is powerful without being overwhelming, and balanced enough to pair with grilled meats or heartier dishes. A tapas spread would showcase how versatile it really is, but a steakhouse offering this wine could showcase how a bottle develops over a meal.