Spain

Clos d'Agon tinto 2007

CATALONIA

Silvio Denz of Chateau Faugeres in Saint-Emilion, together with five Swiss friends, is co-owner. This gorgeous and secluded property in the foothills of the Costa Brava, midway between Barcelona and Perpignan, is not far from the French border.

The vines are protected by the Gavarres Massif (cork oak forests) and cooled by breezes from the promontory of Girona, the city of a thousand sieges. 42h estate, of which only 15h are planted to vines: the red is a Bordeaux blend with Syrah, and the white combines Rhone varietals.

White, 2013

Winemaker/Consultant: Peter Sisseck (of Pingus fame)

Only 500 cases produced of this rare white – wild yeast ferment of Viognier 35%, Marsanne 20%, and Roussanne 45%. An exotic fruit-cocktail with bracing acidity and lush texture – a revelation for Spain and beyond.

‘Amic ‘ Red, 2012

From a south-facing limestone and slate plateau, high above Calonge, overlooking the Mediterranean, this juicy, lip-smacking wine is made from a field blend of Garnacha (64%) and Merlot (17%), along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Mourvedre. After six-months in barrel, it is ready to go, bursting with fresh fruit – the red V-sign on the label is a symbol of peace and passion – a wine to share with friends and lovers.

Red, 2012

1,200 cases produced – a combination of Syrah 30% and Cabernet 20%, with Merlot 15% and Cabernet Franc 35%. Low yields (25hl/h), hand-harvesting, small lot fermentation – aged separately for 16 months in barrel, of which half are new. 2006 is ready to drink; 2007 will prove more age-worthy – both have a brilliant purple hue, sexy blueberry favors, and a long, fine finish – ole!