Valencia, Spain

  Rafael Cambra is one of the most enigmatic and innovative young winemakers in Spain. Rafael has spent much of his life in the vineyards. His family operates one of the most prestigious nurseries in Spain, with an impressive list of clients such as Vega Sicilia, Mariano Garcia, Alvaro Palacios, and many more. Rafael was trained as a nurseryman, but became intrigued with winemaking at a young age. He worked under Jesus Madrazo at Contino for three years, studied and apprenticed in France, and finally returned to his native Valencia several years ago. He continued to work for the family business while formulating his plans as a winemaker. Rafael set out on his own when he discovered a vineyard with 40 year old Monastrell vines. Given the right vines, Rafael believed that he could produce a world class Monastrell, and this vineyard gave him the opportunity. He learned a great deal from the outstanding 2001 vintage, specifically about the amount of time he needed to barrel age the wine and the type of oak in order for him to realize the best match for his grapes. Rafael’s first release of his first wine was his Uno 2001, made from 100% Monastrell. His Soplo wine, a Garnacha Tintorera, has been awarded 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Shelftalker  Winery Website 
cambra-dosDos Valencia
Dos 2007 has aromas of kirsch, licorice, mineral, and blackberry that are strapping and lead onto the balanced, flowing palate with flavors of black fruit, spice, and chocolate. It’s easygoing as a whole, with a smooth fade to the finish. Drink now through 2017.

2007: 91 points - Wine Enthusiast.
soploSoplo Garnacha Tintorera
The seductive fruitiness combines with herbal notes in this garnacha tintorera that points up by its raging acidity making this is a great match for chorizo.

2011: 88 Points - Wine & Spirits
2010: 89 Points – Wine Enthusiast
2009: 90 Points – Wine & Spirits, 87 Points – Wine Advocate
Mateo Cambra
Deep purple color. Blackberry, pepper, and violet aromas. Smooth, balanced, and juicy on the palate with berry and plum flavors. Smooth finish. Average vine age is 60 years.