The Wild Wines of Joan Escoda
Joan Ramon Escoda is an irrepressible pioneer of Spanish natural wine. In addition to running his own winery in the village of Conca de Barberà, Joan co-founded Spain's first association of natural winemakers, started a wine fair for sans soufre wines, and recently helped open a natural wine bar.
Joan is no less prolific in his vineyards where, along with his wife Carmen Sanahuja, he farms 10 hectares of diverse grapes and crops, and manages a modest animal farm for good measure. Cows, horses, turkeys, chickens, and sheep live alongside vines, olive groves, and almond trees.
Perhaps it is this tireless nature that affects the wines of Escoda-Sanahuja with a characteristic liveliness. These wines are animated, joyful, and clearly made by loving hands. Joan and Carmen's commitment to biodiversity means they are able to forgo any chemicals in their fields, and they eschew the use of sulphites in the cellar. Still, Joan is wary of the natural wine "scene," and how in vogue it has become. "There comes a time," he says, "in which the wine itself has to speak."
We hear these wines loud and clear.
- 2016 Escoda-Sanahuja, "Els Bassotets"
Chenin, Parellada, Macabeo, Garnacha, and Sumoll. This white wine sees four days of skin contact and nine months of aging in concrete tank. Citrus driven with soft yellow fruits and bright acidity. A bit like Basque cider, peach fuzz, and the sea. With a somewhat abrasive texture that makes it all the more mouthwatering.
- 2015 Escoda-Sanahuja, "Nas del Gegant"
Garnatxa, Samso, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Fermented and aged in amphora. This is a wild and juicy red. Not as funky as in years past. Light on its feet, but with some brambly fruits and crunchy leaves that add a quality of richness. Complex, but utterly refreshing.
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