Vina Sastre Flavus Blanco is made by Jesus Sastre and his late brother Pedro in La Horra, Northern Spain, which sits within the borders of legendary DO Ribera del Duero. Jesus tinkers with organics and biodynamics in his old vineyards of Tempranillo. As a result, not a drop of chemical or copper has touched his soil in 30+ years of working it. The Sastre Tempranillo is super stylish, powerful and balanced with scoops of hot potting soil and savory herbs alongside ripe red and black fruits. But that isn’t what we’re talking about today. The wine that really stands out is the Flavus, the white wine made from Jaen. Absolutely our favorite Sastre wine. Our excitement over Sastre rarely circles the latest vintage; look to the older vintages for extraordinary development at a kind price. And if you find some 2010, we want in.

Tasting note: Flavus is made from the indigenous and super rare grape Jaen, which were planted in between Tempranillo vines. The 2013 growing season in Spain was bleak, but Ribera del Deuro seemed to avoid the cool temperatures and downpours and made some exceptional wines. The 2013 Sastre Flavus is made from 100% Jaen, and is only slightly less concentrated that the epic 2010 vintage. A bit of heft with aromas and flavors of peach and apricot with intense streaks of savory herbs, salt and stone through a long finish. The fruit is fine but it’s the tertiary qualities that make this wine really vibrate. Drink or hold, you’ll be happy either way.

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