Aixalà Alcait – Coster de l’Alzina 2011

by  |  11-08-2015

There seems to be a codified response to winemakers choosing a name for their wine. They go simple and call it “negre” “rouge” or “red”. They go brash and name it “cardinal zin” or “bitch”. Or, then they go poetic and elegant. It’s the last of these that’s naturally the hardest as typically trying to come up with a name that will translate across languages ain’t easy. So we come to “Coster de l’Alzina” which to an English speaker means nothing. In its native Catalan, it literally means, “The slope of the oak” and while that seems quite nice, it doesn’t do the name full justice as the alzina is a type of oak native to Spain that is a simply lovely tree. Despite being from California where oaks are not something we lack, I’ve always found the alzina is a truly striking, lovely oak that is rightly protected from […]
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