Case of 6 bottles.
This offer is a great way to get to know the wines of Latido de Sara - a dream fulfilled for Sara Martinez-Lagos and León Florez, who combined have more than 25 years experience in the wine trade. They chose the name Latido de Sara - “Sara’s Heartbeat" - in honour of Sara’s father who passed away a few years ago, and who always encouraged her to follow her own path, and to make her own wine.
The Latido de Sara wines are made in the oldest winery in Navarra Province - San Martin de Unx - who also have the best and oldest Garnacha grapes in the area. Many of the vines are planted on gentle hillside slopes (~650 meters in altitude), which are a unique characteristic of the Navarra landscape. Their wines are based mainly on Garnacha (Grenache) grapes, from low-yield vines over 35 years old.
La Furgoneta (the name translates to “the van overlooking the River Órbigo) is a special project further west, in the Province of León, based on the recovery of old vineyards planted between 1915 and 1945 near the River Órbigo. It took them more than four years to recover the plots which had been abandoned for many years. In the vineyards they don’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and follow some Biodynamic agricultural principles. The first vintage was 2016, and there was no wine in 2017 due to severe frost damage in the vineyards.
The overall philosophy of the range - white, rosé, and red - is to produce intensely flavoured and complex wines which faithfully reflect the nature and terroir of the regions they work in.
This pack (one bottle of rosé, two bottles of white, and three bottles of red) is a great way to experience the classic grapes of Navarra and León - in the hands of an exciting team focussed on producing only the best wines possible, at great prices.
And if you enjoyed them, these wine are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site.
Wine #1 Garnacha Rosé 2021
This a serious dry rosé, made from 100% Garnacha (Grenache) grapes, from 30+ year old vines, grown on hillside slopes in Spain's Navarra Province.
Only a few hours skin contact to extract colour and flavour, then the juice is pressed off to begin fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. Alc./vol.: 13.5%.
Tasting note: Bright rose pink colour. Aromas and flavours of fresh red fruits - cherry, strawberry, and raspberry - with floral notes. Medium-bodied, dry, well balanced, dry, with good acidity and a long, finish.
Pairings: Great to enjoy on the patio (once the snow clears), and will pair with charcuterie, burgers, pizza, pasta and rice dishes, grilled white meats, and seafood. While we are waiting for the snow to melt, consider it a great accompaniment for binge-watching your favourite Netflix series.
Wine #2 White Grenache 2020
This dry white is made from 100% white Grenache grapes, grown on hillside slopes in Navarra Province at an altitude of about 650 metres. The vines are young (~15 years old), but they produce a clear representation of the terroir.
Follows a traditional white wine production - the wine is fermented and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Alc./vol.: 13.0%.
Tasting note: Bright, straw yellow colour with green tinges. Aromas and flavours of fresh citrus and pear with slight herbal notes. Medium-bodied, dry, fresh and crisp, with a good balance between the fruit and the acidity. Nice lingering finish.
Pairings: Grilled white meats, fish and seafood, vegetarian dishes, sushi, and spicy Asian and Moroccan dishes. And it's also great to enjoy in the kitchen, while you are preparing these dishes, or waiting for the food-delivery person to arrive.
Third-party Scores/Reviews: 91pts James Suckling
Wine# 3 Wild Garnacha 2020
This dry, fruity, red is made from 100% Garnacha (Grenache) grapes, from 35-40 year old vines, grown on hillside slopes in Spain's Navarra Province.
Following a traditional red wine production, the wine is aged for 4 months in American and Navarra oak barrels (5%). Alc./vol.: 13.9%. R.S. 6.7 gr./L.
Tasting note: Bright burgundy red colour, with ruby hues. Aromas and flavours of ripe, sweet fruits - cherry, strawberry, and raspberry - with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and balsamic/spices. Medium-bodied, dry, well balanced, with a long, finish.
Pairings: An easy drinking wine to enjoy on its own, or while you prepare the meal, and can easily become your own personal "house" wine. Pair with charcuterie, grilled meat dishes, earthy vegetarian dishes, and great for enjoying around the barbecue with spicy/smoky sauces. Grilling in the winter is a "thing", you know.
Wine# 4 La Furgoneta 2020
Adding to the story mentioned above, a Furgoneta is a van, and Sara and León found one abandoned on the family vineyards they were restoring. So yes, the name of the wine literally means "the van overlooking the River Órbigo", a river of some significance in the area of the vineyards.
The wine is made from 80% Mencia, 5% Garnacha Tintorera, and 15% Palomino (and others) grapes; hand-harvested from low-yielding vines - 3 plots planted between 1915 and 1945 - grown on hillside slopes at an altitude of 820-850 metres, with predominantly stony/clay soil. The climate is very dry from Spring to Autumn.
In respect to the environment, not pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used. Some Biodynamic agricultural bases are used.
Grapes are destemmed, not crushed, and alcohol fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is in barrels, and the wine is aged for 12 months in 700L French oak barrels - 2nd use. 13.5% alc./vol..
Limited production of 800 bottles, and so far we have ordered about 15% of production.
Our Tasting note: Bright, deep, ruby/black cherry colour with violet hues. Complex aromas and flavours of blueberry, wild raspberry, cherry, and plum, with notes of licorice, vanilla spice, violets, and mocha. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins, and a smooth and elegant finish.
Menu matches: Grilled, braised, and roasted meat dishes (beef and lamb), rice dishes, and earthier vegetarian options. It does work best with food, but it's not so austere that you can't enjoy a glass or two in front of the fireplace, or on top of your own abandoned van overlooking a river somewhere. If you do, send us photos.