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Ritme Blanc 2011

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Winemaker Notes

Baking spices, mineral and tropical aromas. This rich and full white can hold its own in a tasting of white Burgundy.

Blend: 70% Garnatxa Blanca and 30% Macabeu

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 + Ritme Blanc is produced from a blend of old-vine Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo partially fermented in new French oak barrels. It has a bright golden color and a ripe nose of yellow plums and quince, perhaps still suffering a little reduction from the bottle. It has a soil-driven palate that I like, and is starting to develop some complexity. Drink now-2017.
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Ritme, Priorat, Spain
In 2010 Albert Jane became restless. After all, it had been 7 years since he moved from the family winery, in Penedes, and started Acustic Cellers, in Montsant. In that time Acustic had become a benchmark winery in the region.

Keeping with his philosphy of "unplugged" wines and showing the true soul of the vineyard, Albert decided to expand his vision to the Priorat. With its unique landscape, licorella soils and many different villages and vineyards to source ingigenous varieties of grapes, it seemed to be the perfect complement to his wines made in Montsant.

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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With hundreds of white 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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in 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.

OPC46009_2011 Item# 143908