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No. 17: November 2014

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No. 17: November 2014

The Wine Recommendations

Vinos Ambiz
2013 Airén

Where Madrid
Grape Airén
Ag Organic
SO2 None added
Price$19
All of Fabio’s 2013s are worth seeking out. Remember the albillo (some sauvignon-like skunk), the malvar (which would get both my hardcore and geek stamps, with some interesting Band-Aid mint, meat, and menthol. It’s not for everyone but it sure is a conversation piece). And then there’s this airén. Raised in amphora, with some oxidation, and lots of tart and sweet notes that makes it a spunky wine with hard-to-pair cauliflower soups.

Vinos Ambiz
2013 Chelva

Where Madrid
Grape Chelva
Ag Organic
SO2 None added
Price$28
Jancis Robinson’s book Grapes documents chelva as an old Andalucian grape which is often called lairen. Allowed in the Madrid DO, it seems to be a hearty and disease-resistant variety, which makes me wonder why there’s not more of it around. Perhaps because this orange wine can taste like fermenting cantaloupe? But isn’t that a good thing? That’s right, fresh pressed juice here, and be prepared for a wild ride. A sommelier’s dream for pairings.
No. 17: November 2014 The Wine Recs