Ramiro Ibáñez’s Cota 45 | Joe's Wines-of-the-Year 4-Pack

4 Bottle Pack


Type: Still

Country: Spain

Item No. 2020Cota45

About This Wine

Ramiro Ibáñez’s Cota 45 is one of the most fascinating and compelling projects that I’ve encountered. Instead of selecting a single wine for my wine of the year, I’ve decided to highlight four different Cota 45 wines that represent what makes his work so exciting.

Cota 45 is an undertaking that only someone obsessed with a region’s wines would have the courage and insight to pursue. Ibáñez clearly believes that he has something important to say about his native Sanlúcar, which is located in Sherry country. When you taste the results, it’s difficult to argue.

To adequately capture the fullness of Ibáñez’s vision would require an enormous amount of space. The concise version is that these four wines focus on unfortified wines from Sanlúcar that have been aged under flor for a short time. If you want to think of it as a single vintage and vineyard, unfortified Manzanilla, that's a good way to start wrapping your mind around what’s happening.

Ibáñez is a historian of the sherry region and is most interested in the period before the export market exploded and the large bodegas were formed. Back in the 18th or 19th century, the wines from Sanlúcar were con- sumed locally and were generally not fortified. They were valued for their lightness and delicacy. Often, too, single vineyards played a much more important role and other grapes were involved besides Palomino Fino. It’s this history that the four wines explore.

Equipos Navazos has released wines made in this style, but Cota 45 takes it to a different level. After Enology school, Ibáñez worked at the co-op in Sanlúcar and this gave him a really intimate knowledge of the different terroirs. The four wines from Miraflores, Carrascal, Maina, and Paganilla pagos (vineyards) show the incredible potential of sherry’s top terroirs for this style of wine.

Joe Salamone, Wine Buyer

Includes 1 Bottle Each of the following:

  • 2019 UBE Miraflores
  • 2019 UBE de Ubérrima Paganilla
  • 2017 UBE Maina
  • 2017 UBE de Ubérrima Las Vegas El Carrascal

Shortterm pre-arrival available early January

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