Albahra (Castilian for “small sea”) is named for the vineyard area in the Almansa
region close to the town of Albacete, located at the southeastern tip of Castilla-La
Mancha. The Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet, a red-juiced grape) is from a 3-
parcel vineyard on clay/calcareous soils. The Moravia Agria (a high-acid, low alcohol
blending grape) is from a single vineyard on sandy clay-calcareous soils in neighboring
Manchuela, which is pruned to get larger grapes, since there is only 50ha of Moravia
Agria left in Spain.
All grapes are hand-harvested and vinified separately by parcel. The Garnacha
Tintorera is foot-trodden in vat with 30-50% stems included and 6-10 days skin
maceration, then fermented and raised on fine lees in concrete for 8 months; the
Moravia Agria is completely destemmed and sees 7 days maceration before being
pressed and raised on fine lees in 228L used French barriques for 8 months, all without battonage. The wine is then blended and bottled unfined, unfiltered and with very little SO2 addition. This is a wine with a pure high-toned nose, floral red fruit, with hints of spice and bursting with minerality. An extremely versatile food wine, especially with Mediterranean meats and seafood.