The Wine: Joan Rubió Ull de Llebre Tinto 2021
Joan Rubió Ull de Llebre Tinto is bright and crunchy with red fruit on the nose. Good mid-palate with a savory finish, but the fruit is the star here. This is a dry red wine that goes well with all kinds of succulent dishes, such as Spanish tapas. If you serve it chilled it’s all good, but this wine is much more than a chillable red! :)
The Producer: Joan Rubió
Joan Rubió, after working over ten years as the technical director at Cava house Recaredo, returned to his childhood home, Cal Tiques, in 2015. There, he began crafting his natural wines. He crafts natural wines using biodynamic methods, focusing on grape varieties such as Xarel·lo, Macabeo, Ull de Llebre, and Monastrell.
The Region: Penedès
Penedès is a sub-region located west of Barcelona, in Catalunya, Spain. Penedès is Catalunya’s most important wine district and carries the status of DO, Denominación de Origen. The region is famous worldwide for its main product: the excellent Cava sparkling wine – made with the Champenoise method.
The Terroir of Penedès
Penedès has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. The three subregions in which it can be divided, Baix Penedès, Medio Penedès, and Alt Penedès – respectively low, middle, high Penedès, - have slightly different climates due primarily to altitude and distance from the coast. Soils range from calcareous, the prevalent formation, to sandy and clayey.
The Red Wines of Penedès
Red wines are usually blends of native varietals such as Tempranillo, Penedès main red grape varietal, Garnacha (Garnatxa), Monastrell, and Carinena. In recent years, a handful of producers have been experimenting with international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with good results.
The White Wines of Penedès
White still wines, in other words, non-Cava white wines, are made from the same native varietals used for Catalunya’s flagship sparkler, Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada. Only recently Chardonnay has been used both in Cava blends and as a still wine, a trend that’s gaining popularity.