Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop and wine bar offering curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping to 43 states.
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Free Delivery throughout the Triangle*
with an $89.99 Minimum Order
* Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Hillsborough, and Cary
We cannot ship to ND, NH, UT, MS, AL, VT, or KY.
Viña Sastre’s Reserva is a stunning new release of a historic style from Ribera del Duero not currently made by most producers nowadays, many of whom value quantity over quality. Jesús Sastre has chosen specific parcels from vineyards planted in 1964 around his key village of La Horra, in the appellation’s qualitative center, where vines are planted in the dense, stony clay-calcareous soils. These soils form the backbone of the region’s famous ageable red wines, capable of improving for decades in bottle. He has chosen to make a Reserva selection to make accessible a classic, ageable village wine with the goal of expressing the greatness of his village of La Horra. Grapes are hand-harvested into boxes with a selection in the field, followed by a very critical sorting in the winery; only the best grapes go into Viña Sastre Reserva. His wines are always spontaneously fermented with native yeasts from the vineyard and are never fined or filtered. This process is all a part of Jesús’ vision for making wine in the most natural way possible. The vision is natural, or ancestral: wine at the very highest level.
Vintage Notes – In 2017, Ribera del Duero saw a very mild winter which resulted in an early bud break and then significant loss of fruit from the massive frost event in March 2017. Yields were down by 70%, limiting production. The summer was dry and hot with rainfall at the end of August, which was not enough to improve water deficiencies. All this led to an early harvest and one of the lowest yields of the last 15 years. The drought has meant very low yields, so the wines are fruit-driven and concentrated, with ripe tannins. Despite high levels of concentration, tannins are soft and unctuous; they feel rather fresh on the palate and are like to be in line with 2015, perhaps a little bit fresher and more complex.
Vinification – Following a manual harvest, bunches are sorted in the vineyard and also at the winery for quality. The wine is spontaneously fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel, undergoing a long maceration on the skins. The wine is cold stabilized naturally by moving the wine from the barrel room to separate tanks in a part of the winery whose temperature is naturally regulated by the outdoor winter temperatures. It is then racked into French and American oak barrels (70% new) of exceptional cooperage for 14 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is then bottle-aged for an additional ten months before release. Only a very minimal amount of sulfur is added at bottling.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm