Green Spain Month at Bitto

From the cool and wet Northwest corner of Spain comes some amazing wines and history. Stretching from the Celtic corner to the Basque country, this area is steeped in history and home to grape varietals not found anywhere else in the world. The nearly extinct Godello, the Pinot Noir like Mencia, the rising rockstar Albarino and the geeky and unique Hondarabbis are found here. Don't worry if you haven't heard of these, that's why we're here to show them off! This cool climate is very different than the rest of Spain so any preconcieved notions of what to expect should be abandoned. All of these tend towards bracing acidity, expecially the Hondarabbi. 

map of green spain

The white Txakolina, made from Hondarabbi Zuri is found occasionally out there but while most think its a single grape, its actually a name for the local grapes of the area which have been shown to be 3 different varietals with one being a North American hybrid?!? How it came here has yet to be discovered but it likely came just after phylloxera when all the European vineyards were destroyed and replanted. The red Txakoli is very rare, this grape Hondarabbi Beltza may be the father or the brother of Cabernet Franc but DNA hasn't found the true connection yet. Red Txakoli is something you have to try, it's unlike anything else and a fun experience for anyone into new wine experiences.

Check out the Youtube video we made explaining the countryside, history and specific wines that will be here. We'll also be featuring a special Spanish cheese platter through March as well so be sure to stop in this month to enjoy a trip to Spain with no Covid19 laden airports to transit through!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Tintero Moscato

    #1 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #2 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 18 bottles)

  • Baglio delle Fate

    #3 Baglio delle Fate

    A native grape of Sicily, this 100% Nero d'Avola is a great deal! Brambly red, blue and black fruits, savory dried herbs and earth. Full body, juicy, smooth tannins! (behind by 2 bottles)

  • Rainstorm

    #4 Rainstorm

    Cool climate Willamette fruit blended with warm dry Umpqua fruit gives this Pinot the best of both worlds at a good price! Full ripe juicy flavor but with nice subtlety and nuance. Extremely easy drinking and the perfect partner to grilled salmon or pork loin. Herbs de Provence really bring out the character of this wine. (behind by 1 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Clos Mazurique

    Clos Mazurique

    Along the Loire river you'll find Saumur. Cab Franc dominates the red plantings and we can see a prime example with this bottle. Perfumed floral aromas, dark cherry, forest floor and mineral. Gorgeous mouthfeel and smooth tannic structure. Bright acidity making this wine an easy drinker.

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.

  • Dancing Pines Gin

    Dancing Pines Gin

    A beautiful Colorado original. An aromatic, dry, refreshing spirit crafted with 6 botanicals, each contributing a unique component to the harmonious whole. Lovely bright citrus comes through on the finish prompting another sip, and another..

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.