Alvar de Dios Hernandez

Vagüera 2019


$60.50 per bottle | $363.00 case of 6

Vagüera is a single 0.5 ha parcel of mixed vines located at 900–950 meters above sea level just outside the border of Toro in the village of El Maderal. Alvar purchased this site in 2009 when it was somewhat run-down, as it had not been worked since 2006. Vagüera (the cuvée) is 100% Doña Blanca harvested by hand, gently pressed, and fermented by indigenous yeasts in neutral 225L & 700L French oak barrels.

Even though Doña Blanca is neutral, it's a grape that can transmit the soil and landscape; this vineyard is surrounded by wild vegetation, a place with trees and life, and the wine is expressive and more opulent. There's also something umami-like and something salty.