2017 Finca Parera Penedès Fins Als Kullons 1L NO SO2
Region: Penedès < Catalunya < Spain
Grapes: Sumoll, Xarel-lo and Garnacha Blanca
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic and biodynamic; limestone/clay soil; grapes fermented separately then racked into cement for 9 month; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added SO2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Jordi and Rubén Parera
We first met Rubén Parera at a natural wine fair here in the Bay Area last year, and were immediately smitten. In a sea of faces, his stood out – brimming with enthusiasm and a big grin that stretched from ear to ear, despite jetlag and probably a hangover. As he poured his delicious wines, some of the best (and cleanest) we’ve tasted from Spain, we learned the story of Rubén and his father, Jordi, who worked together to convert their entire family farm, which includes almond and olive trees, a cherry orchard, and a vegetable garden, to organic and then biodynamic viticulture, finally becoming certified in 2013. It was only then that they bottled the wine under their own label. Their dedication to their terruno (terroir) includes using only native varieties and only cement, clay and stainless steel in their cellar – no oak and no sulfur is used. This blend of local red and white grapes is light and fresh, designed for easy, everyday drinking. Transparent, almost neon, ruby in color, it tastes like cherries, tart red currants and fresh, clean dirt after a rain, with an unexpected brightness and floral hit on the finish, courtesy of the white grapes. Serve slightly chilled.