Agricola Falset-Marca Etim Old Vines Grenache 2001
Jorge Ordóñez was the first person to introduce D.O. Montsant into the United States in 2004. Agricola Falset began producing Zerran in D.O. Montsant in 2010 in order to showcase the tremendous value that this unheralded region represents. Montsant is comprised of twelve small villages that were part of the historic Priorat region but were ignored when D.O. Priorat was formed. It is characterized by a unique geography of terraced mountainside vineyards planted in a complex diversity of soil types in a warm, Mediterranean climate.
Agricola Falset works with several dry farmed, head trained vineyards of Garnacha, Cariñena (Mazuelo), and Syrah planted in a three separate soil types. The Garnacha is planted in licorella black slate, the Cariñena is planted in sandy clay, and the Syrah is planted in calcareous limestone soils. The vineyards are vinified separately to preserve the unique expression of each site. A selective blending process is used to assemble Zerran, a wine with tremendous depth and complexity that represents incredible quality for the price.
Spanish red wine is known for being bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Of the Spanish red wines, the most planted and respected grape variety is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.