119/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Elvi Wines – ELVI EL 26 2006
…., by all means do your best to be wicked! You can’t, can you? It is not in our nature to be wicked, we are after all wine lovers and that goes a long way. It’s like we have it in our blood to be nice, friendly and share our experiences……, ahhhh, what a load of crock! So many wine drinkers out there are pure evil if you ask me, but Elvi Wines don’t fall into that category, they merely fall into the category of making Kosher and organic wines, from a multitude of Spanish appelations! Now, stay nice, get a bottle of wine, uncorck it and spill a few drops into a glass, lean back and enjoy the story!
Elvi Wines is a family-owned company dedicated exclusively to the production and marketing of high-quality kosher wines and kosher sparkling wines such as Cava. Elvi is very proud to be one of the very few families that since 1492 has had the privilege of dedicating themselves exclusively to viticulture and the production of kosher wines and Cava in a variety of DO in Spain. Their challenge has been and continues to be the marriage of quality with one of the most venerated traditions ever documented in the Mediterranean.
With each challenge, ELVI Wines has found the technicians and viticulturists of each cellar to be unrivalled professionals, with sensitivity, comprehension and exemplary technological expertise, who have advanced the development of this far-reaching project. ELVI Wines enjoys its own private physical space in each and every cellar for the collaboration and storage of their Kosher wines where they are kept sealed off, under constant vigilance, and awaiting the next scheduled visit of authorized kashrut supervisors.
Vigilance is guaranteed on all levels. ELVI Wines cooperates with only those cellars which understand and appreciate the Kosher project which requires the highest of rigorous standards at each step of the collaboration from the entrance of the grape in the processing plant to the final moment when the essence of tradition is preserved with loving care in the bottle.
Ana and Moshe Cohen head up the Kosher Project. Their initial experimentation culminated in 2003 when the demands of innovative technology could produce the quality aspired to. Ana actively participates in the definition of the wines from post harvest to bottle. Moshe oversees the vineyards and works hand in hand with the rabbis and supervisory kashrut agencies. The family boasts a small vineyard in DO Montsant and produces wines from grapes grown in vineyards located in DO Ribera del Jucar, Rioja, Utiel- Requena, Cava and Priorat.
Ana actively participates in the definition of the wines from post harvest to bottle. Moshe oversees the vinyards and works hand in hand with the rabis and supervisory kashrut agencies. I’m happy to have tried the El 26 but I’m still trying to get my hands on a 770, also from their Priorat production, a wine not so easy to obtain. But bear with me, one of these days!
Dark garnet to opaque. The nose is rich with ripe blackberry, black plum, toasty oak, raspberry, hints of chocolate and tobacco. On the palate it is full and complex, layered with massive and mouth coating tannins, rich and toasty oak, ripe and black fruit all coming together to make a wine that is mouth filling and spicy with ripe black fruit with all the components coming together nicely. The wine is balanced and the finish is toasty and long.
260 to go!
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