Few winemakers in Spain can list the world-renown winery, Domaine La Romanée-Conti, on their resumes. But Jorge Monzón can. Followed by returning to Spain and working both at Vega Sicilia and Arzuaga, he began to slowly purchase plots of vines in Ribera del Duero. A region where white wines are not recognized under D.O. rules, there are several ancient varieties that are called Albillo. Jorge makes it simple however – he only selects Albillo with small clusters and a deep golden color when ripe to make his Blanco.
Certified organic (CECyL) vines on sandy clay limestone and gravel soils at 800-900 meters. Hand harvested 70+ year old vines, whole cluster pressing by foot into neutral French oak barrels, long, slow natural yeast fermentation taking up to 10 months. 12-14 months in neutral French oak barrels on the fine lees, no bâtonnage or racking, aged in bottle until Jorge feels it is ready for release. This is a silky, smooth and complex sipper, with lower acid, generous mouthfeel, and a length that goes on for days. Try this with a creamy seafood pasta, garlic scallops, or roasted chicken thighs.