PRODUCER NOTES: Jose Luis Mateo is fastly becoming one of the most respected growers in Spain. On a recent article about Quinta da Muradella published by Jancis Robinson, she wrote: “Although it is fascinating to taste wines from these relatively obscure varieties, what shines here is 'the soul of Monterrei' and the deft, light-handed winemaking of a skillful and intuitive winemaker.
REVIEW: 93 Points! Wine & Spirits, "“It's light with herbal notes, while at the same time the structure is tight and firm. The flavors last, deliciously spicy, with soft touches of jasmine. ”
TASTING NOTES: The nose shows no fruit, as if the wine was made of stones, serious and austere, still young and undeveloped. The medium-bodied palate fills your mouth and coats its inside with fennel and wet stone flavors and a clean thread of fine acidity that makes it intense and long. This is just plain great and should develop in bottle gaining in complexity and mellowing down. Super fresh and mineral, with very high potential.
PAIRINGS: This wine has a freshness and acidity that make it a great match with shellfish, deep sea fish, and chicken dishes prepared with Spanish, Latin and Pan-Asian spices. This wine's easy drinking nature also makes it a natural for casual tapas, small plates and sipping on its own.
Type: Wine - Still - White
Producer: Quinta da Muradella
Region: Galicia, Spain
Grapes: Doña Blanca, Treixadura, Godello, Verdello, Monstruosa
PRODUCER NOTES: Prospice is the creation of two friends with a shared vision for wines and winemaking. Each changed course from a prior professional career, drawn to winemaking by the impulse to craft an artisanal product. At Prospice our focus is on making balanced and elegant wines that celebrate the source fruit and the vineyard sites. We seek to roll back the clock on the modern trend toward riper, more extracted wines, preferring a lighter touch of oak and balanced extraction and alcohol. We embrace modern scientific research into fermentation and aging, and the use of chemical analyses to understand and guide the production of the best wines we can possibly make from that fruit but minimize the use of overly manipulative additives or techniques. We use predominantly neutral oak barrels for aging but employ a small number of new oak barrels — always of a carefully selected style and cooperage to complement the wine to be aged. Ultimately, a wine is a small work of art in a bottle, and we seek to make each Prospice wine unique, expressive, and beautiful.
REVIEW AND TASTING NOTES: 93 Points! 'CELLAR SELECTION', WINE ENTHUSIAST, This is one of the first red releases from the winery and it's a show-stopper. Seeing just 29% new oak, it's a blend of fruit from Phinny Hill, Golden Ridge, Dionysus, Resurgent, Bacchus and Quintessence vineyards. The aromas are reserved on first pour, with notes of dark chocolate, cherry, dried herbs, anise and spice. The palate is knee-buckling, so beautifully balanced, showing a sense of layering and detail. It's a proclamation for this winery. Best after 2024."
PAIRINGS: This deliciously well-balanced cabernet would make any steak sing but could also be paired with a lovely charcuterie board and some hard cheeses. Bring a bottle to any BBQ where there are brats, burgers or ribs and you’ll be invited again the next weekend!
Type: Wine - Still - Red
Producer: Prospice Wines
Region: Washington, United States
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Columbia Valley