174/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – El Vilosell – Tomas Cusine – Finca Comabarra 2010
Finca Comabarra 2010, Garnacha, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a complex wine wits a intense and clean nose, with aromas of ripe red fruit, mint, balsamic, pastry and hints of slate, clove and tobacco. Elegant and subtle, soft, satiny and friendly on the palate with good acidity and full-bodied tones of dried fruits, coffee, chocolate, green tea notes. Sweet tannins that make it very friendly and the after taste is long and elegant. The production was very low with only 5,093 bottles made. Lovely wine!
Costers del Segre got a new wine making star in Tomas Cusine as he, in 2003, while the harvest was ongoing for full, decided to putt his efforts into the production of wine. The goal was to elaborate character-full wines capable of reflecting the particular traits of the D.O. of Costers del Segre.
Personal philosophy played an integral part and challenged him to offer wines to the market that are synonymous with personality and elegance. But this is just the beginning of an ambitious long-term project that seeks to fully consolidate the bodega as a prestigious winery by the year 2014.
The winery is located in the village of El Vilosell, in the local district of Les Garrigues, in Lleida province. This area, which belongs to the DO Costers del Segre, meets all of the requirements for growing first class grapes and obtaining wines of the finest quality. The estate is located on the north face of the Sierra de la Llena ridge and at an altitude of between 700 and 740 metres above sea level.
This area falls within the DO of Costers del Segre, and it is border with the province of Tarragona and the comarcas of Conca de Barberà and Priorat. The local climate is moderate, but with a large diurnal temperature range and with annual rainfall between 380 and 600 mm per year. These conditions guarantee gradual maturing with quite late grape harvests that are responsible for the wines smooth tannins and very intense color.
In recent years, the winery has planted 29 hectares of its land with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Cariñena, Marselan, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc… The winery has also acquired grapes grown under its supervision from other vineyards in the local area.
Tomàs Cusiné has opted for obtaining degrees of maturity that maintain a careful equilibrium between the phenolic and acidic components of his wines. He thereby avoids over-maturing his wines or producing excessive levels of tannins and ensures that his wines are elegant, complex, fresh and longer lasting.
At harvest, the grapes are collected in 200 kg boxes and refrigerated before they are sorted. There is then a cold pre-maceration in tank, followed by a slow fermentation at a constant low temperature, with the aim of conserving both the rich taste of the fruit and the freshness of the harvest.
Once taken from the vats, the wines undergo malolactic and are then aged in 225-litre, fine-grained French oak barrels that are carefully chosen from the stock of leading barrel-makers as François Fréres, Nadalie, Seguin Moreau, Demptos, Sylvain and Boutes. The production is about 200.000 bottles, and 75% goes on export.
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