Photos courtesy of Paolo Bea, Alvaro Palacios
On Top Terroir, we ask a different sommelier who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. We can’t promise they’ll be in your local wine store, but we will tell you where to look for them online. This week, Allegra Angelo from Michy’s shares her picks:
Producer: Paolo Bea
Location: Montefalco, Umbria, Italy.
Why? They practice the religion of being organic (without the title and labels) and allow nature to make the wine, instead of man. The wines define what it means to be unique and of a place. The wines are indicative of a vintage; they are not manipulated for the commercial desire for consistency. The Rosso de Véo 2005 (100% Sagrantino) rivals a great 2005 red Burgundy.
Producer: Alvaro Palacios
Location: Gratallops, Priorat, Spain
Why? Based on the varietals, Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, his wines are powerful but have an element of intrigue and mystery that makes them so compelling. He produces four wines, each with a price respectful to every buyer: L’Ermita ($$$$), Finca Dofí ($$$), Les Terrasses ($$), andCamins del Priorat ($).
Recommends: 04s, ‘05s and ‘07s
Producer: Albert Boxler
Location: Niedermorschwihr, Alsace, France
Why? Albert Boxler wines are ripe, rich yet dry. Often in Alsace producers make wines that are dry and lack depth or they make wines that are too rich and too sweet. The wines from Boxler achieve that perfect, rare balance. The wines at the village level are great values, especially the Riesling Réserve, the Pinot Gris, and the Sylvaner.