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Carlota 2008, 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Carlota is the name of the eldest daughter of Jordi Oliver and is also the name of one of their vineyards. With this wine they want to show the elegance of the Cabernet Franc grown here, adding 25% of Cabernet Sauvignon for that extra bit of structure and tannins, while retaining the personality.
Intense cherry colour with garnet rim. Fluid and regular tears. On the nose, there’s a medium presence of forest fruits with sweet spices, caramel toffee, lacquer, flowering rosemary and balsamic background. The palate is fleshy, fruity, frank and fresh, well integrated and there are slight notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Background of red jam and cocoa. Rich tannins and fresh acidity with some vegetal notes.
The Oliver Conti dream started In 1991, a dream with a glow. A dream made of the Tramontana wind and hope. They choose the Empordà region because the soils and climate could give them the fruits they desired. On the slopes of the Alberes mountain range, granitic soils poor in organic life, 15 hectares of vines were plante with the varietals that would allow them to produce high quality, fruity and elegant wines. As time went by, the dream has become a reality and the Emporda region has developed as a coveted appelation, desired for the undeniable quality of its wines.
André Crespy, Professor and Doctor in Agronomy at Montpellier University, helped the Olive Conti project during the first years with his obsession to obtain the highest quality grapes. Nowadays Pepe Hidalgo, Agronomist Engineer and Ana Martin, Oenologist, are pushing them to reach the highest level of quality in the wine making process. The vineyards has always gone together with two obsessions: aroma and elegance. Discovering that aromas can give so much satisfaction, made them work harder to keep them all along the process of harvesting, fermentation and aging. As a result, when opening a bottle of Oliver Conti, the agreeable and fulfilling sensations help to enjoy such extraordinary wines.
The second obsession is elegance, creating long lasting wines with a round and velvety mouth that leave extraordinary agreeable sensations and an endurable aftertaste. Wines that don’t satiate and that the second glass is better than the first and you enjoy the third better than the second. Wines to go along with food and not just for tasting. The Upper Ampurdan offers ideal conditions for obtaining vines of high quality, thanks to its Mediterranean climate and the protection of the Alberes mountains. Until the arrival of the Oliver Conti vintners, this was a relatively unknown zone for vine growing, as the region was more oriented toward massive plantations destined for undistinguished table wines. At Oliver Conti, research has been continuous and of inestimable help in achieving their objectives.
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