Friend & Farmer Verdejo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain 2020
Friend and Farmer is a project fueled by three brothers, Francisco, Javier, and Luis Parra. Their goal in starting the winery was to celebrate their homeland of La Mancha by producing Demeter Certified Biodynamic wines from organic vineyards and applying careful attention to detail in the cellar. To ensure the winemaking was world-class, they hired Juan Antonio of Bodegas Ponce (a famous winemaker in the area). Together they produce this remarkable white wine made from 100% Verdejo planted on alluvial soils near the town of Las Mesas. Additionally, the wines are bottled without added sulfur. Verdejo takes on flavors that are often reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc – lemon, tangerine, herbs, and white flowers. It is quite rare to find a Demeter certified wine in this price range, especially one with the varietal expression and regional typicity.