"Curro Bareño and Jesus Olivares—the duo behind groundbreaking Galician projects Fedellos de Couto, and Ronsel de Sil—are now bringing their vision and expertise much closer to home, to San Martin de Valdeiglesias in the Sierra de Gredos, where both started their careers. Ca’ di Mat (literally, “House of Fools” in a Piedmontese dialect) is the name of their new project and is a collaboration between the two brats (a fedello is a brat in Galician dialect) and long-time friends of theirs who own a family farm in the area. The climate is full-on continental, with healthy rainfall and colder winds. Their old vines are bush grown, and sit at around 800–850 meters high. The ruggedness of the terrain, the austerity of the climate and the age of the vines add up to crazy and hard labor cultivate grapes and make wines here, but the combination helps the “fools” of Ca’ di Mat realize their ideal wine: fluid, delicate, and open.Ca’ di Mat’s red wines owe their surprisingly light color to the work in their organically raised vines. Curro and Jesus prune lightly, and encourage high productivity aiming for rich vines and big grapes that are “not forced”. Winemaking is non-intrusive, with spontaneous fermentations in concrete. It is hard to believe that these pale reds undergo such long maceration periods—ninety days sometimes—but their work is so delicate, the grapes are foot-trodden softly and the must separated by hand from the skins and stems, that the heat and power of Garnacha give way to a subtly aromatic and fruity juice. The whites are expansive and expressive, their weight balanced by a tense mineral current. Élèvage is as neutral as possible, in concrete tanks, and mostly-used French oak." — Bowler Wines
What The Critics Say
90/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez
"They have two whites produced with Albillo (Real) grapes, and I tasted two vintages of each. The 2017 Valautín Albillo is a blend of different plots, mostly old, in the village of San Martín de Valdeiglesias. The clusters were pressed directly, and the juice fermented in 300-, 500- and 1,000-liter oak barrels where it matured for eight months with the lees that were not stirred. It has moderate alcohol and good acidity. The two vintages are very different. There was a frost in 2017, so yields were low and the ratio of skins to pulp was higher. The wine has a darker golden color, and the nose feels quite ripe, Mediterranean and varietal. Even so, the wine has moderate alcohol (13%) and a serious, granite-driven palate that is tasty and long, with volume. Think of this as a white Hermitage, a wine that needs time in bottle. 2,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2018." Drink 2020 - 2024
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