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Date Printed: 4/30/2017
Celler de Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2001
Celler de Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2001
(search item no. 84267) rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/30/2017: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of old vine red wine varieties (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Grenache, 20% Carignane) this is lush, intense, spicy, and delicious. Amazing value.

"...Satisfyingly mouthfilling wine, finishing with very good length and substantial ripe tannins..."
International Wine Cellar

Nowadays, Capcanes has 250 hectares of vineyards of which about half is devoted to Garnacha; Carinena accounts for 20%, and the balance is made up of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The vineyards range in altitude from 150 meters at the bottom of the valley to nearly 550 meters fro the highest terraces where the oldest Garnacha vines grow. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep and rich and fertile, while the higher vineyards are on minerally soil on top of a granite or slate base.

The difference in altitude, terroir, and the wide varieties of grapes means that harvesting the fruit can last a full two months. Each vineyard is harvested separately at its precise moment of optimum ripeness and each parcel is vinified separately, as well.

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About Celler de Capcanes:

High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself.

At Capcanes, the altitude ranges from 300 meters to 700 meters, and natural rainfalls is low at around 450 mm. The average temperature in this Mediterranean region is around 15 C and rises to 35 C in the summer. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep, rich and fertile; the higher vineyards and all the terraces are on poor, mineral , stony soils with a granite or slate base. Under the guidance of the two winemakers, Angel Teixado and Antoni Alcover, owner/winemaker of Fra Fulco. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds, and offers tremendous value.

New cellars were built to accommodate new temperature controlled stainless fermentation tanks and 600 new oak barrels, of which about 30% are French. Along with the introduction of a new bottling line, the packaging has been updated, reflecting the new breed of wine produced at Capcanes.