Curii 'Una Noche Y Un Dia' Alicante 2020
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Press 4 Mix / Press 4 Red • February 2023 Direct Press Selection
Alicante, in the Valencia region of Spain, has been known more for a lot of bulk and spoofulated wines over the past 30 years or so. The hot sun off the Mediterranean coast certainly helps if you want to make some beefy, powerful, 'fruit bombs.' Violeta Gutiérrez de la Vega and Alberto Redrado have other ideas, working organically, picking early to preserve natural acidity, and adding little except for small amounts of sulfur. They both have impressive wine resumés to boot. Violeta studied oenology in Bordeaux before working in Pauillac and Sauternes, and she runs her family's winery in addition to Curii. Alberto has a master's in oenology, viticulture, and wine marketing, and was awarded Spain's top prize for sommeliers in 2010. Their mission is to revive Giró, Alicante's local clone of Garnacha. It was introduced over 200 years ago and until recently it could only be found in old, high-elevation plots, where it produced wines with more acidity, complexity and longevity than other clones of Garnacha.
'Una Noche Y Un Dia' is 100% Giró from chalky soils in the Valle de Xaló. Though it is dense and concentrated, this power is harnessed in the service of lift and energy. Dried rose petal and hibiscus aromas are met with layers of raspberry, spicy pepper, chutney, and pappadam, all wrapped inside earthy, chewy tannins. This is a wine that always surprises and satisfies. Jonathan Kemp