Fuentes Del Silencio Las Jaras

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Grapes: Mencia + Prieto Picudo + Alicante Bouschet

Region: Galicia, Spain

Vintage: 2018

Viticulture: Organic

Soils: Iron rich red clay

Vinification: 60% whole cluster in wooden tronconic tanks, with infusion style maceration for 21-40 days. The grapes are then crushed by foot then transferred back to the same wooden tank to finish fermentation

Aging: 10 months

Fining or Filtering: None

Sulfur: 20 ppm

Notes from the Importer: Fuentes del Silencio is a project of Indiana Jones-level excitement in the way of lost and nearly forgotten wine cultures. Dr. Miguel Angel Alonso and his wife Dr. Maria José Galera, both medical doctors, found themselves back in Miguel’s homeland, in the high plains of Herreros de Jamuz, literally unearthing one of the rarities of the wine world: ancient, abandoned vineyards with many vines that predate phylloxera, or at least survived it without the grafting of American rootstocks.

What began as a tiny vineyard planted next to Miguel’s house turned into full-blown, honest obsession for the recovery of a national treasure. And to avoid the misconception of being another one of the world’s vanity projects from the affluent that made their fortune in other ways, like those of retired doctors, adopted the moniker Fuentes del Silencio, forgoing any mention of their names on the front label. It translates to “Sources of Silence,” fitting for this quiet place in the middle of nowhere full of natural water sources. Miguel is in this for the noblest of reasons: for the resurrection of his homeland’s ancient wine culture and because winegrowing was a family affair over a hundred years ago.

Their approach was that of the true scientists they are, and they began their impressive endeavor with a talented team of emotionally charged vignerons, Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac, Alberto Aldonza in the vineyards, and José Villar, their cellarmaster. I’ve not witnessed firsthand a single wine estate in the world that’s done a more impressive level of research—it goes beyond the aforementioned obsession and into the outrageous. Their first vintage was 2014, and before the 2016 wines even went to market, they completed a 90-page research dossier for Pago status (a classification of Spanish wine reserved for unique terroirs and estates) and a microbial biodiversity study from two PhD researchers from a US-based company called Biome Makers.

Fuentes del Silencio's Las Jaras is a bombshell for the price. Located in northwestern Spain, at the eastern foothills of the Galician mountains, this blend made from 80 to 150-year-old Prieto Picudo, Mencía and Alicante Bouschet vines makes for a wine of unusual depth, concentration and surprising freshness. At an altitude of more than 2,600 feet, the growing season is long and results in a wine of wonderful tension, texture and freshness. Once the cork is pulled, the wine immediately begins its vertical climb and builds from one strength to the next, day after day. It seems that this wine can easily last for a week after being opened and still deliver freshness and bright fruit. Those who have tasted this wine are always dumbfounded by its level of depth for the price.

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