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Mas de l'Abundancia 2005

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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

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The Mas de l'Abundancia winery is entrenched in history, art and quality wine production. Translated as "land of the abundant harvest," the winery's name stems from the 15th century when the current vineyard site was farmed by monks from the nearby Scala Dei monastery. Winemaker Jesus del Rio, whose family has cultivated land in the region since the 1300s, manages this property in the heart of Montsant with help from his wife, Marta.

The majority of the estate is devoted to the Garnacha grape variety that del Rio's family has grown for generations. A self-trained viticulturalist, he planted over 7,000 Garnacha and 6,000 Cabernet Sauvignon vines himself, fueled by his belief that these varieties would express the true terroir of his land.

He bottled his first flagship wine, named for the winery "Mas de l'Abundancia," in 2002. Made from Garnacha and Cariñena, this wine symbolizes the fusion of an ancient land with innovative enology and artistic winemaking. This is the first time these wines have been imported into the United States.

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The garnet–colored 2005 Mas de l’Abundancia is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Carinena, and 2% Garnacha Negra aged for 13 months in 40% new French oak. It offers up a bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, violets, roses, spice box, black cherry, and cassis. Full-bodied on the palate with a smooth texture, it has good depth, complex flavors, 4-6 years of cellaring potential, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It should be at its best from 2014 to 2025.
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Mas de l'Abundancia, Spain
The Mas de l'Abundància winery is entrenched in history, art and quality wine production. Translated as "land of the abundant harvest," the winery's name stems from the 15th century when the current vineyard site in Montsant was farmed by monks from the nearby Scala Dei monastery. Poet, musician, winemaker and owner Jesus del Rio, whose family has grown Garnacha in the region for generations, purchased the property in the early 1990s, and exported his wines to the United States for the first time in 2006.

The vines that make up the Fluminis wine are located at the Mas de l’Abundància property in the hillside town of Mas Roig. It currently contains 4.5 hectares of vines consisting of low-production Cabernet Sauvignon, Carineña, and two select clones of pre-phylloxera Garnacha: Garnacha Prioratina and Garnacha Pais. The soils are very fertile with excellent drainage; 40% of the fruit is generally dropped each year to ensure the best quality of each of the three grape varieties.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

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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 create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. 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.

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