Grapes: 60% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena, 15% Merlot, and 5% Syrah
The grapes for this wine come from 8 different vineyards in the towns of La Morera, Torroja and Poboleda, with different exposures, soils and climates. The Garnacha and Cariñena grapes are from 90+ year old vines, while Merlot comes from 20 year old vines. The grapes undergo a 48 hour pre-fermentation cold soak followed by temperature controlled fermentation between 29° to 32° C in small stainless steel vats, and macerated for a 25-day period. Aged in 20% new and 80% 1 year old French Allier oak barrels for 10 months. Bottled unfiltered.
The Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of brick dust, vitamins and baked fruits are gritty and require some navigating. This has a wiry, tight feel, yet in terms of flavors, it’s ripe almost to the point of being raisiny. Heat, hard tannins and dried berry fruit flavors direct the finish. Drink through 2017. Issue 2805, June 2015
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Penetrating aromas of blackberry, licorice, smoky minerals and candied rose. Densely packed and lively on the palate, showing suave floral lift to its flavors of red berries, licorice pastille and spicecake. Smooth and appealingly sweet, with a fine dusting of tannins and very good mineral-driven persistence. "Focus on Spain" Issue 176 Sept/Oct 2014
This polished red offers smoky and gamy notes that frame cherry, black olive and licorice flavors, creating a savory, slightly austere character, while light tannins and firm acidity provide focus, leading to a minerally finish. Drink now through 2019. Web Only 2015