Alemany I Corrio Sot Lefriec 2003
"($70; a blend of 50% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 15% carignan) Deep red-ruby. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of currant, spicecake and graphite. Sweet, dense, superripe and layered; compellingly broad and lush for a red wine from Penedes. Finishes round, spicy and very long, with palate-saturating but thoroughly ripe tannins."
-International Wine Cellar
Their wine - Sot Lefriec is emerging as a wine of true ‘First Growth’ potential and as one of Spain's finest wines. The winery is truly a garage winery, which allows the winemakers to express themselves in the way they wish. The facility is tucked into 200 square meters (2,150 sq. feet) and has an annual production of some 5,000 bottles.
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.