Laderas de Leonila

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I was reading an article in Decanter earlier. It started with the comment, “For those searching for their next Instagram post of the latest small-batch, wax-sealed natural wine made by a bearded winemaker in the Jura…” and I chuckled, knowing what I planned to post tonight.

It might not be from the Jura but this bears all the hallmarks of trendy. Fortunately, it has both style and substance (and 92pts from the publication formerly referenced). It’s super concentrated and silky smooth – tannins are subtle – with zippy red cherries and plums. It’s really, really, really good stuff.

It’s 100% Mencia (Spain’s not-so-secret weapon, imho) sourced from (cool, literally) Bierzo in North West Spain.

Oh, and it’s produced Biodynamically, in tiny quantities…and has a wax cap.

If this isn’t enough, there’s a story behind the label: The characters are scared – something is threatening them and the dog can’t reach the boat. The men are not being defeated, but they can feel how nature is expressing itself. The fight between nature and human intervention is more balanced.

I’m hooked. Cool, huh?

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