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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
La Cartuja is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 10% Cabernet and
10% Syrah. Garnacha (aka Grenache) provides the bright red berry flavors,
the Mazuelo (aka Cariñena or Carignane) the inky color, the cabernet the
structure (body) and the Syrah the spice.
"Bodegas La Cartuja's 2008 La Cartuja is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Carinena with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from organically farmed estate fruit aged in French oak for 8 months. It offers up a reticent nose of graphite, spice box, underbrush, lavender, black cherry, and plum. This leads to a plush, sweetly-fruited, concentrated, mouth-filling wine for drinking over the next 5-6 years. It is an amazing value and a great introduction to Priorat."
The Wine Advocate
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...Read More About La Cartuja
The Catalans call it Priorat, most others in Spain say Priorato - however you choose to pronounce it, it's easy to see it has been an up-and-coming region for 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...Read More About Priorat
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
Syrah...Read More About Grenache
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