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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
La Cartuja Priorat 2007
La Cartuja Priorat 2007
(search item no. 102536)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The deep purple-colored 2007 La Cartuja is 50% Garnacha and 30% Carinena, with 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah rounding out the balance. Excellent typicity of Priorat; minerality, sweet herbs of lavender and sage, and black cherry and blueberry providing the higher fruit notes. On the palate it has good grip and length; a wine worthy of some bottle age, but deliciously drinkable right now.
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About La Cartuja:

La Cartuja was founded in 2007 by Borja Osborne (from the Osborne family), Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata with the purpose in mind of making an estate-bottled wine showing the mineral complexity of Priorat at an inconceivable price (one of Ole's fortes. The single estate of 24 ha (59 acres) by the name La Solana ("Les Solanes" in Catatalan) is located in the very heart of Priorat between the towns of El Molar and El Lloar, just south west of the town of Gratallops. La Solana vineyard sits at 250m elevation with south-east facing slopes.

La Cartuja was the name assigned during medieval times, to a large geographical area governed by the Cartussian monks. This geographical area had its own code of law (similar to the Vatican estates). During medieval times Priorat as a whole was a "Cartuja". It wasn't a civil domain but a religious state. Needless to say that Priorat's winemaking heritage belongs to the Cartussian monks who tended these difficult isolated vineyards for centuries. As a side note, if you are looking for the oldest vines in Spain and the best areas to make wine look for the areas where the monks established themselves during medieval times.

What makes La Cartuja Unique?
Estate-owned small production wine; a singular location at the heart of Priorat; Organic viticulture; oak ageing is short, a Priorat wine that shows depth but drinkability while young; an extraordinary value!

Photo Credit: Friederike Paetzold, Vinimenta.com