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Espelt Old Vines Garnacha 2017

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3.8 58 Ratings
750ML / 0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The Garnatxa Negra from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Alberes Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnatxa 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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Another one of those incredible value that readers are going to love is the 2017 Garnatxa Negra, which is 100% Grenache from high elevation sandy, granitic soils, all hand-harvested, destemmed, and aged three months in new French oak. Loads of kirsch liqueur, black cherries, licorice, and scorched earth notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely balanced red that has a classy style, good acidity, and fine tannins. It sells for a song yet is the real deal.
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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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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.

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