298/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Montsant – Marça – Vertical Wines/Celler Dosterras – Vespres 2007
Vespres 2007, 80% Garnacha and 20% Merlot
Dark red, quite opaque with dense tears. Great volume of very fruity aromas in the nose. A range of black and red berries, not overly sweet. Additional notes of spices and cocoa adds depth and a wide aromatic dimension. The toffes appear over time. In the mouth it is elegant and tasty, with extraordinary finesse and long aftertaste. With a spectacular step, pleasant, harmonious and it expands on the palate. Full of smoothness and structure. To be fully enjoyed and appreciated from dawn too dusk!
The Garnacha grapes used to make Vespres come from vines between 40 and 100 years of age. The harvest is manual and collected in crates of maximum 10 kg. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks for a period of 10 to 20 days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. Aging is between 9 and 11 months in barrels of 225 liters and 300 liters. It is a tribute to the Carthusian monks, that used to cultivate vineyards in this area. Everyday at sunset or at 18:45 they would pray the prayer called “Vespers”, after which they could access the daily single glass of wine.
La Sierra de Montsant, The Montsant Mountain Range, makes sure that it doesn’t go unnoticed as it casts evening shadows over a landscape steeped in historic intrigue. But it is so much more than a provider of shadows and shade, it is highly necessary for the special microclimate that both the DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant enjoy. This mountainous ridge has given shape to a legendary wine region and birthed some of the worlds most distinguished expressions of terroir for the indigenous grapes Garnaxta, Garnacha (Grenache) and Samso, Carignena (Carignan).
Vespres, Catalan for dusk, speaks from its origins. A rugged terrain where ascetic culture has struggled for a life woven with time and ’biodynamic’ principle. In vespers, ‘evening prayers’, earth’s life giving force was reflected in a cup of vi negre, ‘black wine.’ Symbolized with a grape cluster formed in light of 13 moons, Cellar Dosterras winemaker, Josep Grau gives a nod to the ‘natural order.’ His deft touch for balance allows just enough oak to serve up plenty of rich fruit from a prized small plot collection of old vines.
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