294/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Puigdalber – Mas Codina – Vinya Ferrer 2008
This great gem mad of the best Cabernet grapes Mas Codina as is deeply colored, shows a bright, flashy nose of blackberries, cloves, and anise fruit tones with a cigar-like to mocha under notes. These characteristics carry over nicely to a well-balanced, integrated palate impression with good complexity, excellent structure and a finish that refuses to surrender. A fun, fresh Cab that reminds me more of something from the Loire Valley with its subtle herb, tobacco and spice notes. A food-friendly Tuesday night wine. 5 months in stainless steel tanks. 14 months in oak barrels of 225 liters. The wine is left to age for a minimum of one year in the bottle.
……., Rise up this mornin’, Smile with the risin’ sun, Three little birds, Each by my doorstep, Singin’ sweet songs, Of melodies pure and true, and the below is my message to you……
The Garriga family, has been dedicated to providing the utmost of quality wines and Cavas to satisfy the growing demand for new age wines, while looking forward investigating new techniques in order to elaborate and improve existing products, and forging ahead with new ones always maintaining a strong foundation and passion for vineyards. Situated in the Alt Penedès, Mas Codina is a 40 ha. estate winery dating from 1681 which has always been dedicated to the growing of grapes and wine production.
It was only in 1985 that Antoni Garriga, current owner of Mas Codina started bottling wine and Cava derived from grapes from his own vineyards. A range of high quality wines and cava is the result of the family’s passion for viticulture and wines as well as for the grape varieties that are grown. Production per hectare is limited, which is another factor that must be taken into account.
The traditional wine making process has been passed trough the family generations until the present. This unique artisan method of wine-making combined with employing the latest technology makes Mas Codina wines and Cavas exceptional. The result of this process is that during some blind tastings, Mas Codina products have on occasions been accepted and prized next to some well known brads, so even if you haven’t heard of them before, keep your ears to the ground, because they are coming!
Lovely deep cherry color with garnet edges. The nose is balsamic, slight herbal with some toasted notes and spices. In the mouth it is ripe, very tasty, meaty/slightly jammy fruit both red and black, a nice mix.
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