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Luberri, ‘Florus’ 2021

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$40.00 USD
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Region: Rioja, Spain

Varietal: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Moscatel de Alejandría

Tasting notes: Florus is Luberri’s tribute to the historic wines of Rioja Alavesa, combining the unparalleled experience gathered through Florentino Monje’s life as a cosechero in the vineyards of Rioja, with traditional natural winemaking methods to achieve the lighter-bodied, fruit-forward wines classic to Rioja Alavesa. Florus is a juicy, light-weight, and extremely crushable Rioja. Garden-fresh like a bouquet of violets and clovers, with medium tannins and a lingering finish.

Producer: Owned by Florentino Martínez Monje, Luberri is located in Elciego in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Florentino farms 35 hectares of old vines located principally between the villages of Elciego and Laguardia. A farmer at heart, Florentino was the original winemaker at Artadi before establishing his own winery in 1992. He made a name for himself and his estate by resurrecting the traditional style of semi-carbonic maceration of Rioja wine.

Vineyard and Winemaking: Florus is a radically new natural wine from Luberri, inspired by a reclamation of the traditional winemaking in Rioja Alavesa prior to the French influence on the region in the late 19th century. During this era, wines were made directly in the vineyard, crushed by foot in giant stone lagares carved from granite boulders buried in and around the vineyards of Rioja Alavesa. Florus is produced from Matagallina, a single over 60-year-old estate-vineyard at 450m following the cycles of the biodynamic calendar, in the village of El Ciego in Rioja Alavesa. The vineyard is planted mostly to tempranillo, with a little co-planted moscatel de alejandría in sandy calcareous clay soil. It is farmed by hand, according to biodynamic practices and without the addition of synthetic inputs. Sulfur is not used in the vineyard nor in the production of the wine at any time.