Vincent Tomas and Carmen Torres are based in the very picturesque village of Carricola, which is about one hours drive south of Valencia. This is a pretty warm, dry and quite classically Mediterranean area with lots of sun light and not a great deal of rain. Tomas Torres wines really show the Mediterranean sun aromatically and on the palate. They are somehow both extremely textural yet fresh, bright and lifted. The ’19 Terricola uses two somewhat lesser-known native grapes to the area, Tardana and Tortosi which, due to the hardiness of their skin, are able to undergo a very slow and balanced ripening without problems of disease. We found a lot of bright citrus and stone fruit notes in this wine, with a flinty minerality and saltiness which is really pleasant. On the pallet (and texturally) this wine flaunts ripe nashi pear characteristics and, although this charming part of Spain can be fairly arid, the chalky soils upon which the vines grow provide an opportunity to create that excellent acidity to clean everything up at the end.