Microbio La Banda del Argílico
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Region: Castilla y León, Spain
Grape varieties: Verdejo
Microbio La Banda del Argílico is the youngest of Verdejo wizard Ismael Gozalo’s wines. The wine is a result of two harvests in the vintage.
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER
About Microbio La Banda del Argílico
Microbio La Banda del Argílico is the youngest of Verdejo wizard Ismael Gozalo’s wines. The wine is a result of two harvests: the first pass through the vineyard looking for freshness, low pH, and low alcohol; the second pass grabs the majority of wine and builds, structure, finesse, fruitiness, and length of the structure. The two musts are brought together, making the magic of equilibrium and balance in the final wine. Aged on the lees for six months.
Welcome to the República Independiente del Verdejo under President Ismael Gozalo. Many know him for his work at Ossian, one of the more respectable houses in Rueda, where he was the winegrower and maker since founding it in 2004. Ismael’s family owns some of the oldest (between 100-200 years old) ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines, most of which are in the town of Nieva, province of Segovia between 800-900 meters of altitude. Characterized by it’s sandy soils, these head-trained vines have never seen any chemicals over the different generations that have cared for them. Though outside of the D.O. for never budging to the region’s modern and manipulative techniques, to this day Ossian remains one of the few organic producers in Rueda. Today, under the Pago de Carraovejas umbrella, Ossian continues to make some of the more interesting wines of the region but Ismael took his talent elsewhere, bringing his family’s most prized vineyards with him.
Microbio (Micro-Bio or Microbio, depending on how you look at it) was actually founded by Ismael in 1998 before Ossian even existed but it wasn’t until he left that we were able to employ his heart and soul into his solo project. Coined by some as “El Mago de las Verdejos,” he practices his sorcery in his medieval underground cellar located in his native town of Nieva. Barrels, fudres, amphoras, dame-jeannes, stainless…young, old, skin contact, sparkling, biological and oxidative aging…you name it, he’s got it. Tasting in his cellar for a whole day and part of the next morning was a helluva ride, as soon as you think you’ve seen it all, he somehow finds a way to exceed your expectations. How Verdejo picked so ripe can still preserve such freshness and acidity is something only he can tell.
In addition to Verdejo, he works with Mencia from Bierzo, Garnacha from Gredos, and Rufete from Sierra de Salamanca. With Microbio, he’s able to express himself to the fullest and all of his wines, whether red or white, represent him and their region to the fullest with purity being the common denominator throughout. He lets the land speak through his wines, pure fermented grape juice without interference of any kind.