Celler de l'Encastell Roquers de Porrera 2001
Other Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
Red wine aged for 16 months in barriques. All of the grapes used are grown and harvested on estate vineyards. This wine can be enjoyed now or over the next 10 years.
Blend: 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The Wine Advocate - "Planted in pure slate at an altitude of 900 meters, this vineyard has produced an impressive blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Aged in 100% French oak, it exhibits a vivid, well-defined bouquet of blueberries, black currants, minerals, and background sweet oak. Full-bodied yet elegant, with admirable purity, a multilayered texture, and sweet tannin, this is a fairly priced beauty from the highly fashionable appellation of Priorat."
Celler de l'Encastell Winery
Cellar de l'Encastell is a small family-run vineyard and winery in the town of Porrera, DOQ Priorat, where "Roquers de Porrera" long life red wine (4,000 - 6,000 bottles per year) and "Marge" aged red wine (15,000 - 20,000 bottles per year) are elaborated.
Grapes only from our estates "Mas d'en Cacador" & "Mas d'en Ferran", owned and looked after by several generations who were selling to other local wineries.
Carme Figuerola and Raimon Castellvi built the winery and got started in 1999, moved by their passion for wine. Convinced about the soil where their vineyard grows - this oxyd-ferric degraded slate, of acid characteristics, and locally called "llicorella", combined with brusque climatology, extreme, that conveys the maximum quality to their grapes, and challenged to bring to each bottle the exceptionality of Priorat.
All the processes are carried our personally, from working the vineyard, elaboration, ageing and bottling at their cellar, as well as promotion and commercialization, so all the care is applied to all tasks involved, with one only desire: the quality of their final product. View all Celler de l'Encastell 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.