My visit to Mallorca has continued to be one of my most memorableto date. The island is one that begs discovery and never fails to disappoint. The scenery (from the mountains to the beaches), food, and wine are unique and showcase the breadth that Spain – from the mainland to the islands – has to offer. In an effort to relive some of the wine experiences from that trip I was pleased to find out that a new importer of Mallorcan wines had recently hit the shores of the States. Enter Cerdá, Llanos y Cía.
In August 2012 Martin Cerdá founded Cerdá, Llanos y Cía taking inspiration from his Mallorcan grandfathers. One of his grandfathers was a French-educated oenologist who made wine in Mallorca while the other was a coffee importer and distributor in Cuba (but returned to Mallorca in 1960). Cerdá, Llanos y Cía pays homage to these two men with a focus on wines from the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera). Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued as I began to experience déjà vu from my 2012 trip to the Mallorca.
The Balearic Islands are home to two Denominación de Origen – DO Binnisalem and DO Pla i Llevant – as well as six Vino de la Tierra (Country wine) regions. The wines from the islands are quite unique with a focus on indigenous varietals such as Prensal (aka Moll), Manto Negro, Fogoneu, and Callet. These grapes are used to produce single varietal wines as well as blended with international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Moscatel, and Chardonnay.
Cerdá, Llanos y Cía represents a number of wineries from the islands, including Miquel Oliver (DO Pla i Llevant), Binitord (VdlT Menorca), Can Maymó (VdlT Ibiza), Terramoll (VdlT Formentera), and 4 Kilos and Bodegues Ribas (VdlT Mallorca). It is these last two wines from Mallorca that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy:
4 Kilos was launched on a converted sheep farm in 2006; and in 2009, Guia Peñin (Spain’s most comprehensive wine guide) named them Winery of the Year. Utilizing a unique and modern approach to winemaking their philosophy is base don sustainable viticulture, respect for the environment, and giving back to the community.
2010 12 Volts – This wine is a blend of 50% Callet-Fogoneu, 30% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot and aged for 12 months. The 12 Volts has a garnet cherry color and a nose full of ripe black fruits, cocoa, and minerality. These aromas lead to a beautifully full-bodied palate which is complex with balanced acidity.
Bodegues Ribas is one of the oldest wineries in Mallorca (owned by the Ribas family since 1711). Run by brother-sister winemaking team, Araceli Servera Ribas and Xavier Servera Ribas, this winery utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to produce amazing wines. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a visit and incredible tasting (hosted by Araceli and Xavier) here during my visit to Mallorca.
2010 Sió Negre – A blend of Manto Negro (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Syrah (15%), and Merlot (10%), this wine is barrel-aged for 12 months. Cherry red color and aromas of red and black fruits and floral notes lead to dried fruit and chocolate on the tongue. Very well-balanced with soft tannins, this wine is a complete joy to drink!
The wines of Cerdá, Llanos y Cía represent the best the islands have to offer (although they do represent other wines from the mainland). If you happen to come upon one (or more) in your local wine shop or restaurant do not hesitate to pass them by. Scoop them up! You will not be sorry.
Life is short. Drink Spanish wine!