Vinedos del Jorco "San Esteban" Cebreros 2018
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Direct Press Selection | March 2022
Founded by partners Cesar Ruiz, Flequi Berruti and Nacho Jimenez, Vinedos del Jorco, like Bernabeleva, represent the best of the best in Gredos. Hailing from Cebreros, the first appellation in Gredos, Jorco farm some of the oldest Garnacha vines in the region, some of which are well over 100 years of age. They were able to rope Raul Perez, a man who somehow seems to be involved in every cool project in Spain, into making the wines, and have put out some seriously delicious wines since their start in 2011.
'San Esteban' is a micro cuvee (just 520 bottles!) made just for the New York market. It comes from a single parcel or very old vines planted on the granitic soils of the Valle del Tietar. The vineyards high elevation and large diurnal temperature shifts allows for a long growing season, creating grapes of incredible concentration that retain great acidity. Fermented with native yeast in open-top barrels, with a good amount of whole cluster, then aged for 22 months in used oak.
This is some next level juice. The ripeness of the vintage shines through without losing any finesse, with is flinty, slightly smoking nose, marked by sandalwood and cherry notes. The palate is concentrated, but graceful, with baking spice, citrus peel and juicy raspberry, with a long, somewhat grippy finish. [Kirk Sutherland, March 2022]