This project is the brainchild of Javier Zaccagnini, former director of Ribera del Duero’s Regulatory Board and a former partner in Aalto, one of the most successful wineries in the appellation. In partnership with winegrower Ismael Gozalo, Zaccagnini set up Ossian, a successful project based on old Verdejo vines in Segovia, but he sold his part in 2013 to focus on Sei Solo.
As a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach, Javier’s favourite composer, the wines are named after the BMW 1001-1006 violin sonatas, originally called Sei Solo, and the label of teh top red reproduce the handwriting of Bach’s original manuscript.
Even if Javier started the project in 2007, the first vintage to reach the market was 2011. Grapes are sourced from La Horra in Burgos, a village known for its structured, distinctive reds, and a real favourite of Javier Zaccagnini, together with some batches from areas located at high altitude like Gumiel, also in Burgos.
Around 22,000 bottles are produced and distributed in two different wines. Sei Solo (€55 in Spain) is a selection of what Javier considers the ideal wine in every new vintage in terms of finesse, elegance, precision and balance. Preludio de Sei Solo (13,000 bottles, €24) is the remaining, usually more approachable blend.
Both of them are single-varietal Tempranillo reds. Fermentation is done with natural yeasts in oak vats and the wines are aged in 228- to 600-litre new and used barrels.
Michael, Javier’s son (working with his father in the photo), is also involved in the business.