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Cara Nord Negre 2013
In 2012 they felt the call of “Mountain Viticulture” and threw themselves wholeheartedly into the CARA NORD project, aiming to: Starting with the vineyard and with their small winery located within the historic Monastery of Poblet, in March 2012 they embarked on this great wine-making adventure. Viticulture up to 800m above sea level, as is the case at CARA NORD, takes place in a very particular and demanding geographical environment that poses constant challenges. But Tomas, Xavier and Eric are convinced that vineyards grown on rocky land, in unpolluted air, and surrounded by untouched biodiversity, will result in the creation of original wines with unique organolèptic qualities.
The wines of the North Face CARA NORD, give hints of the Prades Mountains: their altitude, steep inclines, deep vallies, poor and hostile soil, and dramatic scenery. In facing north, CARA NORD is exposed to extreme contrasts in temperature; the air is healthy, energising and positive. Adventure, difficulty and the concept of finding one’s limitations can all be found in the CARA NORD vines. You have to slow down to really see the land, it makes you want to be close, to get closer still.
CARA NORD wines remind us of the beauty, the magnetic attraction and the challenges of mountain viticulture.
It is an environment that demands technique and precision; only those with ability and experience know how to make the altitude shine through. Few will be able to enjoy the pleasure given by the CARA NORD wine as production is limited. CARA NORD creates sincere and bold wines, with transparency, where everything is as it seems and is inspired by respect for the mountains that surround us.
The CARA NORD vines grow at altitude in the Prades Mountains, under difficult conditions, creating unusual wines which truly reflect this clean and unpolluted environment. The vineyards are situated in Spain within the Domination of Origin Conca de Barbera, where there are still new treasures to be discovered.
Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.
Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.