• Natural Wine Ace:  2020 Alfredo Maestro Lovamor

    Natural Wine Ace: 2020 Alfredo Maestro Lovamor

    Finding compelling natural wines that equally hit the mark in their soundness and complexity isn't easy. But Spain's most exciting natural-minded producer who taps old vines was enticing. I'd argue, even, this is one of the wildest, most thought-provoking wines in all of Spain.

    Lovamor comes from 1891 and 1910-planted Albillo vines in Peñafiel, a part of Spain's Basque country. Alfredo excludes any additives in his winemaking, and he also takes an unusual step to vinify these white grapes on their skins for seven days. Whether you're focused on the non-sulfured natural side of wines, or you're curious to taste one of the best executed skin-contact whites, this is your ideal landing spot!

    The value here certainly stands out, but the main attraction is what happens in the glass (or decanter). What starts with spicy orchard fruit and slight cider-like tones shifts to mouth-watering salinity, renewed freshness, and lingering minerality. Pear and red apple notes slowly meet with a more nervy kaleidoscope of citrus fruits. Lovamor provides equal amounts of deliciousness and fascination.

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    Posted by Max Kogod