Insula Barataria Blanco 2019 $20 This is 100% Jaen, which is a type of Malvasia, sometimes called Cayetana in southern Spain. Daniel works from two vineyards of old bush trained vines about 850 meters up, all hand harvested, then destemmed and lightly pressed and left on the skins for 17 days, then it ages mostly in steel with just a little bit going into used barrel, then it's all bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur added. The skin contact puts this in the orange wine category, but it's on the lighter side with beautiful texture and nice ripe fruit with a mineral driven finish. Perfect winter white.
Insula Barataria Tinto 2019 $20 This is a field blend of 90% Garnacha and 10% Jaen, again from old bush trained vines almost 3000 feet up, all hand harvested and destemmed, then left on the skins for about a month and aged on the lees in steel for 4 months before getting bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur added. Garnacha is truly the Queen of the Gredos and this wine shows off all of that trademark high altitude energy and powerful spiced red fruit, which is all beautifully balanced by a freshness and florality from the Jaen. Total crowd pleaser.
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