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Espelt Garnacha Old Vines 2016

Grenache from Spain
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Winemaker Notes

The Garnacha from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra and Carinyena grow on sandy slate and granite soils. While there are plenty of inexpensive, fruit-forward Garnachas coming from Spain, few have the depth of minerality and complexity found in this old-vine cuvée.

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A custom cuvée made by importer Eric Solomon, the 2016 Garnacha Old Vines from Espelt is 100% Garnatxa Negra (the indigenous variety of Grenache), from old vines and higher elevation vineyards, that spent 4 months in new French oak. Plums, violets, incense, flowers, and white pepper notes give way to a plump, ripe, sexy red that has good acidity and freshness, as well as a wet stone-like minerality that emerges on the palate. Drink this perfumed, exotic, fruit forward effort anytime over the coming 2-4 years.
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Espelt, Spain
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Espelt is located in the Emporda region of Spain, an amphitheatre overlooking the sea, encircled by mountains, which transforms with the seasons. In winter, the magical, silent surprise of the snow rarely reaches it. In spring, the greens are tender and gentle. In summer, the land is parched, the yellows are bright and dry. At the end of summer, everything becomes infused with sweet light, as if touched by peaches. In September, the vines of the Emporda region are an elegant, golden grey. Each harvest expresses the perfect cycle of the earth.

The wine cellar, modern and technological, rises up next to the ancestral traditional farmhouse. Both buildings contains the philosophy of our brand. The wine cellar materializes the idea of modernity that encourages us. The farmhouse welcomes the wine-growing tradition of this land, one that Lluis Espelt offered on culminating his agricultural activity with full dedication to wine growing. From the combination of tradition and modernity comes the initiative in which the next two generations, Damia and Anna, continue working.

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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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