Cesca Vicent Priorat 2008
Other Red Wine from Priorat, Spain
Dark ruby and amber color. Vibrant notes of pepper, tea leaves and anise. This cuvee sees about 6 months of French and American Oak. The oak treatment is balanced and injects notes of toast and vanilla. The wine has good acidity and balance. The tannins are integrated well with the dark fruit and dense raspberry. The palate is loaded with cassis and earth.
All the grapes in the 2008 vintage are hand harvested. The wine underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel tank. The wine is was then racked only 3 times. About 3/4's of the wine was then aged for 6 months in wine rests in French and American oak barrels (50% new) .
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Cesca Vicent is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot and Syrah aged for 12 months in French oak. Liquid minerals, lavender, cedar, blackberry, and black currant aromas inform the nose of this full-bodied Priorat. Dense, layered, and rich, it makes up in power for what it lacks in complexity. It is an outstanding value that can be approached now but which will evolve for 1-2 years. "
Cesca Vicent Winery
One of the oldest Priorato vineyards, dating back as far as the 15th century, is Francesca Vicent Robert´s. Her ancestors have been producing wine in this region for centuries. With the benefit of this tradition, Cesca Vicent is today producing a range of the finest Priorato wines available.
With the idea to study in depth the “terroir”, Cesca Vicent created a detailed soil map of her estate. This study done by Vien Asesoria, SL enterprise must be the guideline when handling the soil and the vine; because every “terroir” has its own characteristics and each grape variety expresses itself in a different way depending on what its roots have explored, and this finally results in the wine. View all Cesca Vicent Wines
About PrioratView a map of Priorat wineries (pree-ohr-aht) Spain, sparking envy among collectors. The region has become something of a cult wine producer, creating wines that cost up to 5 times that of a quality Rioja. The region has a special soil, called llicorella made of a brown slate mixed together with rocks. Mountains surround the area and the vines are tended by hand.
Notable FactsThe red wines here are based on Garnacha, and produce inky wine with intense fruit flavors of blackberry and plums, not to mention a required minimum of 13.5% alcohol. The secondary grape of the region is Carinena (Carignan in France). This grape has lost favor in most parts of the world due to its rustic nature, but here in Priorat it's a welcome structural addition to the Garnacha based wines.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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