Trepat is a grape that is probably unfamiliar to most people as it seems to just be finding its way into wine shops and onto wine lists across the US. Trepat is native to the Catalonia region of Spain and was predominantly used as a blending grape in Cava until a few wineries began making 100% Trepat around a decade ago. I recently had the chance to taste a few different Trepats and was very impressed with 2014 Succés “La Cuca De Llum” Conca De Barbera. The wine comes from 35 year old vines and is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel.
Succés “La Cuca De Llum” delivers an incredible value for the price. Tastes of slate, green olives, herbs, and white pepper are interwoven with bright red fruit. Light-bodied with a Beaujolais-like character, this wine really won me over. Grab a bottle, drink slightly chilled, and enjoy! ($17, 12.5% alcohol)