Area: D.O. Terra Alta (Catalonia, Spain)
Grape varieties: 50% Red grenache, 26% Merlot, 14% Tempranillo, 10% Carignan.
Type of Wine: no oak red
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We make two vinifications Tempranillo and Merlot vinified together at 16°C, “cooked” at low temperature, pumping over as much as possible the first 24 hours in order to extract color and aromas. Then 2 times daily 30′. End of alcoholic fermentation without skins, in order do not extract strong tannins. Soft pressing, malolactic fermentation in tank. And another of Grenache and Carignan, vharvested and fermented together, ripe Grenache looking for the aromas and almost ripe Carignan looking for the freshness and acidity. Full maceration with skins. Soft pressing. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vat. The final blend is decided by tasting. Fresh red wine with intense color and brightness, round on the palate. Soft and light on the mouth.
A pleasant, red fruit driven nose (red cherry), with a nicely floral and spicy character as well. A lovely smooth, almost silky texture characterizes the palate due to intense fruit concentration, mid weight soft tannins and a warming but not 14,5 % alcohol. Quite delicious! Medium length, perfectly drinkable and enjoyable as it is now.
Tasting by Frank Smulders MW (Master of Wine desde 1992).