275/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Ametlla de Segarra – Celler Comalats – Comalats Without Sulphite 2010
Intense cherry red colour with a magenta rim. Open and expressive nose, with intense red fruit aromas, currant, jammy strawberry, some wild flowers, acacia, A slight hint of bell pepper. The background shows a layer of spicy notes. The palate has a soft entry, oily, greedy. Acidity is balanced, quite moderately expressed, giving a nice freshness. The balance between alcohol, tannins and aromatic load fills the mouth surprisingly, being a wine of great body. A warm pleasant aftertaste, spicy, without being astringent. A complete wine!
The winemaking tradition of the Bonet family goes back many years, but it was during the later half of 1989 when Jaume Bonet decided to start the project of developing their own wine. Currently, Comalats is a family business with twelve hectares of vines and produces red and rose wines under the Designation of Origin Costers del Segre, also being certified as organic with the Catalan Council of Organic Farming. Wine making is done in a very traditional way, in a cellar close to the vineyards. The process of maceration and fermentation of the wines is made in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. And finally, the maturing and aging of Comalats wines is done in the old cellar of Cal Bonet, the family house in Ametlla de Segarra, using American oak as well as Bordeaux barrels.
Comalats wines originate from the region of La Segarra, more concretely from the Ametlla de Segarra, a small rural town which is staying alive due to its agricultural traditions. It is located at about 715 meters altitude. The twelve hectares of vines consist of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, which has been perfectly adapted to the particularities of the soils of the area, as well as the altitude and climate of the region. It is precisely this atmosphere which allows the grapes to ripen slowly and provide a very refined wine, powerful and with a very mature structure and colour, normally carrying a level of between 13 and 14,5 degrees of alcohol.
Comalats is the historical name of the geographic area between the Serra de Forés and Cervera, a rather unique field because it is formed by a set of parallel mountains and valleys stretching from east to west. Each valley is called a “coma” and a succession of valleys, a “comalada”, this is where the name of the wines derive from. Many years ago, all the names of the surrounding villages ended with the suffix “lada” or the phrase “of Comalats” and now the only village that stays true to that tradition is the neighbouring town of Guardia-lada.
The grapes used to produce the wines of Comalats come from their own harvest, from the vineyards of La Coma, the Tros de les Figueres, the Basella and the tros de l’Era. All being farmed organically. Due to the location of the vineyards, the altitude and the micro climate, it allows for organic farming as many pests and diseases can not develop, there is no industrial pollution and the nearest major road is twenty kilometres away. All the wines have the qualification of organic wines given by the Catalan Council of Ecological Agricultural Production.
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