*Featured in our Spanish Wine Tasting with Fernando Mora event.
BOTIJO ROJO | El Botijo is a limited producon, microwine straight from a garage in Valdejalon (North East Spain) where Fernando Mora and Mario Lopez make wines with the absolute minimum of fuss. The Las Cellas vineyard is owned by Mario’s family, and their grapes were sold to the local cooperative for 40 years until Mario and Fernando decided to start tinkering in their garage. It’s named after the ancient clay drinking container – still used by growers today – cooling water in Spain’s hot, dry climate.
VALDEJALÓN | Vino de la Tierra Valdejalón is located in Aragon, west of the city of Zaragoza. The area has long been associated with quality wine, and it’s believed that viticulture here pre-dates Roman settlement. It shares the minerality of Calatayud with fruitiness of Campo de Borja - both areas sharing borders with the VT. 97% of the region is planted to Garnacha, many of which are 50-90 year old wines. Currently, there are only 2 cooperatives and the tiny Garage Wine project.
BLEND | 100% Garnacha
VINEYARDS | Handpicked grapes from a dry farmed, certified organic vineyard (Las Cellas) with 35-45 year old vines that belongs to Mario’s family. The soils are clay and sandstone with some pebbles.
WINEMAKING | Wild yeast fermentation in stainless steelfollowed by malolactic in old concrete vessels. Seven month aging in underground concrete tanks with 5% in 2nd and 3rd year Allier barrels (300L).
ALCOHOL | 14%
TASTING NOTES | A lovely pomegranate red with intense aromas of cherries and blackberries and black pepper on a spicy backdrop. This is an intense, fresh and fruity wine with well-balanced tannins and pleasing minerality, reflecting all the simplicity and ingenuity of its namesake.