The Artisan Collection
In this article we report the results of our second portfolio tasting of the Artisan Collection, which we conducted in New York with owner Florencio Navarro in late September 2013. The tasting consisted of 30 wines mostly from Spain, South America, and France with a few additions from Italy and Portugal. The wines consist of new vintages and a few new producers in the portfolio such as Domaine Jean Pierre Bailly in Pouilly Fume, Forchir in Friuli, and Chateau Panis Mialhe in Minervois. Our previous report on the Artisan Collection portfolio was published on October 2012.
The Artisan Collection’s portfolio consists of wines that are from small family-owned estates, often several generations old. The wines are estate-bottled and many are sourced from old low-yielding vineyards, some more than 100 years old, that are organic and or sustainable. The wines are both traditional and modern in style. Some are fruit forward and easy drinking with good texture and a modicum of complexity. Others are more complex and earthy, fermented with native yeast and reveal their distinct terroir. With few exceptions, the wines are made in very small quantities and only available in the U.S. through the Artisan Collection.
The Artisan Collection is owned and operated by Florencio Navarro, one of a new generation of young and talented importers who are bringing selections of high quality wines from small artisanal producers to the US market. A native of Salamanca, whose family has been in the wine business for several generations, Florencio established Quality Wines of Spain in 2003 to import artisanal wines from his home country. He later expanded his portfolio to include the wines of Portugal, South America, France, Germany and other countries. Today, his company imports the wines of 42 artisanal producers, 60% from Spain and the rest from around the world. It sells its wines in more than 30 states.
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