Vinyes del Terrer, I Want a Little Sugar……, D.O. Tarragona

Catalonia – D.O. Tarragona – Vila-Seca – Vinyes del Terrer – NUS del Terrer 2006

I want a little sugar….

Life is sweet! Starting each morning with a coffee, solo (espresso), or two is essential, adding a pinch of sugar is enhancing the whole experience and without it I’m done for.
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After that procedure anything is possible and there are few days that are alike, except for the fact that wine is going to be consumed (or at least tasted), this is a constant. Coffee and wine! Here comes the compressed story of Tarragona!

Plan of Tarraco in imperial times showing the main buildings

Plan of Tarraco in imperial times showing the main buildings

Tarraco is the ancient name of the current city of Tarragona. Within the Roman Empire, it was one of the major cities of the Iberian Peninsula and capital of the Roman province called Hispania Citerior or Hispania Tarraconensis.

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The full name of the city at the time of the Roman Republic was Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco. I mean, the Romas really had an act for naming places! In 2000, the archaeological ensemble of Tarraco was declared a World heritage site by UNESCO. If you ever come to Catalonia, Tarragona is not to be missed!

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The origin of the D.O. Tarragona is not known with precision. Historical remains points to some evidence that vineyards were cultivated in Catalonia when the Greek colonies settled north of the Catalan coast. Nevertheless the Roman Empire was the true driving force of the wines of this region.

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The Appellation of Origin Tarragona coincides with the development established by the Roman Empire. The Tarraconensis territories excelled in their wines which were considered the most favoured of the empire. Is history now repeating itself?

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In spite of everything, the Roman Empire was the true promoter of the Tarragona wines, both for their marketing and by the fact that they were the initiators of the Appellation of Origin Tarragona.

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This Appellation indicated the area were the wine was produced, which was appreciated in all the empire as seen in the written works of Latin authors of the 1st century like Silius Italicus, Martial and Pliny the Younger.  Despite plagues like the philloxera, the recovery period has reached to the present day.

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The quality of some of Tarragona’s wine areas started to stand out in the 12th century. The viticulteurs from Tarragona have always faced all the difficulties that have arisen, this has allowed us to enjoy an exquisite wine, known internationally and respected for its great quality which is, undoubtedly, one of its most outstanding characteristics.

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The framland of Vinyes Del Terrer has been within the family Morell for more than 100 years. This was the place where the family would come during the weekends to enjoy the landscape, with a BBQ and a glass of good wine. Vinyes Del Terrer, as a winery, was born in 1989.

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Although at that time there was no project or intent to make wine, the Morell  family just started by planting vines, mainly Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon. The sale of the first vintages surprised everybody.

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After advice from Toni Sanchez, the winemaker of Vinyes Del Terrer. The decision, after tasting, testing and verifying that they had a high quality wine, was to market their first wine (Terra d’Aubert) in 2003.

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NUS del Terrer 2006 – 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Garnacha Negra. Barrel aged Cabernet of 13 months and 14 months for the Garnacha.

Deep ruby color. The nose is spicy with mineral notes, ripe fruit and flowers. The ripe fruit almost transforms to jammy fruity notes intertwined with light smokey notes and hints of menthol. With time the wine opens up, presenting a versatility of aromas. The palate is elegant, refined and seductive, characteristic of Garnacha Negra, which plays a dominant role in this blend. Long and persistent evolution in bottle.

344 to go!

Catalan Wine 365 and the SweetEasy Lifestyle

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