Celler de Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2011 Front Label
Celler de Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2011 Front Label

Celler de Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2011

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Winemaker Notes

Deep red ruby color with complex aromas of ripe cherry fruit, plums, small black berries, vanilla, smoky, toasty oak flavors. A full bodied wine with soft tannins, wonderfully fresh acidity, ripe but not overripe, fine Glycerin sweetness and finishes with good length.

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The 2011 Costers del Gravet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Carinena aged for one year in French oak barrels with aromas of leather, licorice, blackberries and hints of cloves and smoke, quite attractive, with a medium-bodied palate with good acidity and clean flavors. A powerful, yet drinkable wine to enjoy with meat stews or other winter dishes.
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Celler de Capcanes

Celler de Capcanes

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Celler de Capcanes, Spain
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High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself.

Viticulture
At Capcanes, the altitude ranges from 300 meters to 700 meters, and natural rainfalls is low at around 450 mm. The average temperature in this Mediterranean region is around 15 C and rises to 35 C in the summer. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep, rich and fertile; the higher vineyards and all the terraces are on poor, mineral , stony soils with a granite or slate base. Under the guidance of the two winemakers, Angel Teixado and Antoni Alcover, owner/winemaker of Fra Fulco. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds, and offers tremendous value.

Vinification
New cellars were built to accommodate new temperature controlled stainless fermentation tanks and 600 new oak barrels, of which about 30% are French. Along with the introduction of a new bottling line, the packaging has been updated, reflecting the new breed of wine produced at Capcanes.

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Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, 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.

Most planted and respected 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.

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STC551869_2011 Item# 144875

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