Joan Simo Les Eres Vinyes Velles 2003 Front Label
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Joan Simo Les Eres Vinyes Velles 2003

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    Joan Simo, Spain
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    In the center of the small village of Porrera (population 432), the cellars of Joan Simó are located in a two hundred year old house, passed down from Gerard Batllevell Simó's mother’s family. You will immediately recognize the house with a large sundial painted on the side. Gerard farms the old vineyards from his family and also other plots more recently purchased. In 1999 and 2000 he planted Garnatxa, Samsó, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in a special high-altitude vineyard site called "La Garranxa", a plot that had been barren since the phylloxera onslaught. The death defying Land Rover trip up 2 miles into the sky on the side of the steep mountainous slopes of the Priorat make one realize why these ancient vineyard sites are so coveted and rare. Few people who have visited the Priorat, and more specifically the famous un-terraced vineyards of the village of Porrera, have ever come back without a deep respect and admiration for these very special small production wines.
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    Tiny and entirely composed of craggy, jagged and deeply terraced vineyards, Priorat is a Catalan wine-producing region that was virtually abandoned until the early 1990s. Its renaissance came with the arrival of one man, René Barbier, who recognized the region’s forgotten potential. He banded with five friends to create five “Clos” in the village of Gratallops. Their aim was to revive some of Priorat’s ancient Carignan vines, as well as plant new—mainly French—varieties. These winemakers were technically skilled, well-trained and locally inspired; not surprisingly their results were a far cry from the few rustic and overly fermented wines already produced.

    This movement escalated Priorat’s popularity for a few reasons. Its new wines were modern and made with well-recognized varieties, namely old Carignan and Grenache blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. When the demand arrived, scarcity commanded higher prices and as the region discovered its new acclaim, investors came running from near and far. Within ten years, the area under vine practically doubled.

    Priorat’s steep slopes of licorella (brown and black slate) and quartzite soils, protection from the cold winds of the Siera de Monstant and a lack of water, leading to incredibly low vine yields, all work together to make the region’s wines unique. While similar blends could and are produced elsewhere, the mineral essence and unprecedented concentration of a Priorat wine is unmistakable.

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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