Clos Barenys, I Am a Rock in D.O. Tarragona

124/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Tarragona – Vila-Seca – Clos Barenys – Anfora de Clos Barenys 2008

I am a Rock……

…., being a firm tradition in a region that has hosted wine making for centuries is what would be considered being a rock! Ten generations of the Bach family have devoted part of their lives to the art of wine-growing, working and protecting the land and learning its secrets. This devotion continues today in the indefatigable spirit of the winery’s owner, Josep M. Bach, with the close collaboration of his sons. The fruits of this long tradition are those of Clos Barenys, wines of great expressiveness and singular personality, reflecting the expertise of this winery.

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It is no coincidence that the symbol of the winery is an amphora. It is the symbol of the wine-growing tradition in Tarragona since Phoenician times, a tradition kept alive by the Bach family until today. At Clos Barenys they renovate the cycle from the ground to the wine year after year. The vineyards are located in two estates. The first, Mas Bach, is placed in the municipality of Vilaseca bordering with Cambrils and it lies on the Bach family estates and winery. It combines lands of average fertility with gravel and alluvial substrata. Its location near the Mediterranean Sea means it enjoys a temperate climate with dry mistral winds. This terroir combines the main two Bordeaux varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah and Moscatel.

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The Bach family owns its second state, Mas d’en Varrà, in La Selva del Camp, set in the Priorato geological area, 300 metres above sea level. It stands out because of its marked thermal variation and the abundant presence of “licorella” (slate) in its ground, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are cultivated. The marked mineral nature of the ground gives Clos Barenys wines their exclusive touch.

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On their estates they cultivate several different clones of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Moscatel varieties, all of them tied up, to give greater complexity and richness of aroma. They practise a manual winter pruning and a green pruning with removal of leaves, tipping and bunch cutting. The work of harvesting is done by hand, putting the bunches in boxes kept in refrigerated rooms until evening. The winery has modern facilities provided with all kind of technical advances and an underground cellar for ageing with French, Hungarian and Pennsylvanian oak barrels, to endow the wines with exclusive complexity. At Clos Barenys they attach great importance to the selection of the most appropriate woods for the ageing of their wines, which remain in the barrel for 12 months and between 12 and 24 further months in the bottle.

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Established in 1945, the appellation of origin Tarragona is the oldest in Catalonia. Although vineyards might have already existed before the Romans arrived, it was then and after the foundation of Tarraco, when vineyard began to be cultivated in the whole area. Two centuries later, the wines of Tarraco were known and very appreciated because of its quality in the whole Roman Empire. The D.O. Tarragona wine-producing area is the second with the largest surface of vineyard in Catalonia. It comprises 72 municipalities and it is divided in turn in two natural regions: the Camp de Tarragona and the Ribera d’Ebre, with differentiated geography.

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The Camp de Tarragona is characterised by low mountains, slightly undulated lands and small rivers born in the coast range. Its climate is temperate, Mediterranean, without extreme temperature changes and with an annual average of 15ºC. Rainfalls are irregular and land receives about 2.600 hours of sunlight. Their lands are calcareous and stony, where varieties such as Xarel·lo, Garnacha, Moscatel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah among others are mainly cultivated.

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Anfora de Clos Barenys 2008, Merlot and Syrah

Garnet color of great intensity, with cherry edges. Primary aromas of black fruit compote, with mineral tones and hardwood: cedar, coconut and vanilla. A lively palate, powerful, balanced, highly integrated, warm sweet tannins and long aromatic finish. A well made wine, to pair with rice dishes with meat or fish. Salami and soft cheese. Baked fish.

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Catalan Wine 365 and the SweetEasy Lifestyle

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