Pedralonga

  • “The Albariños from Pedralonga are equally dramatic (to Benito Santos), if showing more mineral and saline depth… both opulent and totally precise; it could kick the living crud out of a Sancerre”      

    –Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle

In 1982 Francisco Alfonso planted this 7.5 hectare cru on a pure granitic hillside, ten miles from the Atlantic Ocean. For years they sold the wine locally and unlabeled. In 1997 they founded the winery as it is known today: Pedralonga, which means “big rock” in Gallego, a reference to the huge chunks of granite sticking out of the soil. It is now run by Francisco’s son Miguel.

The vineyard has always been farmed organically and in 2007 they began integrating biodynamic practices. Miguel is fond of the Galician saying “A man who does not watch the moon does not reap the harvest.” They closely follow the phases when making farming decisions. They plow only when needed in order to combat erosion caused by the wet climate and promote the vineyard’s natural biodiversity.

In the cellar Miguel does as little as possible. He doesn’t de-stem the Albariño grapes and he does partial whole-cluster fermentationon for the red blend. He’s only using native yeast and doesn’t block malolactic fermentation with the belief that the natural process is part of the vintage variation. The wines are all aged on the lees for extended periods before being bottled.

The resulting wines are complex and age-worthy, with remarkable texture and structure, balanced by bracing acidity and rich minerality. We’ve loved this winery for a long time and we’re incredibly excited to welcome them back to our portfolio.

 

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DB1772-17
Biodynamic
Serea Albariño
2017
Albariño
Serea, meaning “Mermaid” in Gallego, is made exclusively for David Bowler Wine. 100% hand-harvested Albariño from 10-15 year-old organic... Read More

DB9098-17
Biodynamic
Carolina (Caiño Blanco)
2017
Caiño Blanco
In 2002, after replanting parts of his vineyard with new vines of Albariño, Miguel left a spot bare, since it was too rocky and needed... Read More

DB7068-17
Biodynamic
Albariño
2017
Albariño
From 40 year old vines planted on grantic slopes 10 miles from the Atlantic ocean in Pontevedra. Fermented with native yeasts in stainless... Read More

DB0770-16
Biodynamic
Vendetta
2016
Albariño
This wine is made using grapes from the oldest un-grafted blocks of low-yielding vines grown on steep terraces, fermented with native... Read More

DB8955-16
Biodynamic
Tinto DoUmia
2016
Caino
70% Mencía, 20% Caiño, and 10% Espadeiro, from 30 year-old vines planted on sandy, alluvial plots at the foot of the Pedralonga slope.... Read More