Reviving tradition and fully expressing the unique terroir of Jerez are the goals of Ramiro Ibáñez, the talented mind behind Cota 45. This visionary is one of the most knowledgeable winemakers in Jerez, the storied region in southern Spain. Ramiro, a Sanlúcar native, graduated with a degree in enology and spent three years working around the world before receiving a dream job offer to return home in 2009. Since then, Ramiro has been consulting for different bodegas, and in 2012 he was able to start his own project, Cota 45. A few years later, he built a small bodega for this project in a former boat repair shop overlooking the Guadalquivir River. He lovingly refers to his bodega as his “albarizatorio,” or a lab for unearthing the best that this legendary, white-chalk soil has to offer. The name is a reference to 45 meters above sea level, the point where he believes the best albariza soils can be found.
UBE Miraflores From five different plots in Miraflores Alta and Miraflores Baja, one of the most celebrated pagos in Sanlúcar, with 80 to 90 years old Palomino vines planted at 50 to 60 meters above sea level facing west on three different types of Albariza soils: Lentejuelas, Lustrillo and Tosca Cerrada. Bottled on the early side (usually less than a year after harvest), this cuvee is meant to be ready to drink upon release but please don't hesitate to stash a few bottles away.