Exotic but approachable; layers of flavor from an unusual grape typically reserved for Cava production.
Producer: Succés Vinicola
Region:Conca de Barberà, Spain
Lighter Body, Exotic
Flavors: Wild berries, damp earth, flowers, mineral
Pairings: Grilled chicken, pork chops, paella
Bright fuschia in the glass, with rustic notes of wild brambly berries and flowers mingling with earth on the nose. The palate is light and fresh, with the same core of red fruit, laced with a savory spice of white pepper and violets on the finish. Clay mineral notes run throughout the wine, but dissipate after some time in the glass. Pair with roast chicken or pork chops on that first cool September night.
This young estate was founded in 2011 by Mariona Vendrell and Albert Canela in the hills and valleys of Spain’s Conca de Barberà, a little-known subzone of central Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. The couple met in oenology school in the same valley, fell in love, and decided to make a life in wine together—all at the tender age of twenty. “They started out young, by scouting forgotten vineyards,” Mann said. “It’s Inspiring. It makes you think, ‘I could go do this.’” Succés Vinicola’s Cuca de Llum is 100% Trepat (say: TRAY-pot), a local variety usually reserved for Cava production; today, Cuca de Llum is part of a small selection of still wines made from 100% Cuca de Llum. Old vines, high altitude vineyards, and a defined mineral note give this vibrant expression surprising structure and complexity.