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Tilenus Crianza 2000

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"Made from 100% Mecia (from 100-year old vineyards), the 2000 Crianza was aged 12 months in French oak. Its dense black/ruby color is accompanied by a sweet perfume of minerals, flowers, blackberries, and cherries. Elegant, remarkably well-delineated, and medium-bodied, it is measured but extremely stylish ... like a high-strung fashion model. Consume it over the next 5-7 years."
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Tilenus, Priorat, Spain
Bodegas Estefania is a modern cellar, utilising the most modern technologies to evaluate the grapes to confirm the best harvesting moment. The winery exercises exhaustive control of the winemaking process for a limited production of 300,000 bottles of quality wine. The cellar has more than 700 French barrels of the best coopers, to age the wines Tilenus.

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 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.

HNYTILCRA00C_2000 Item# 74214