L’infernal, Combier, Fischer y Gerin, Mama Roux in DOQ Priorat

357/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Torroja del Priorat – Trio Infernal – L’infernal Fons Clar 2012

Mama Roux……,

fons_clar_linfernal1L’infernal Fons Clar 2012, 100% Cariñena

Purple red color with dark cherry red edge. Lovely, seductive and elegant nose of mature red and black fruit. Black fruit jam, nice roasted notes, balsamic and Mediterranean herbs. Mineral and spicy background. In the mouth it is juicy, concentrated, but quite soft. Greedy and persistent. Good structure. Very pleasant and highly drinkable. 100% Carignan from vines aged between 10 -12 years, planted on slopes facing west. at an altitude of between 300-500 meters above sea level. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels.

…., if you haven’t watched Treme, the series, you should! Likenesses in the culture of New Orleans, the food and the music can be, with imagination, related to the Priorat wines. They carry the same kind of Ooh Poo Pah Doo, makes your body want to move and dance. When watching an episode of this very fine series, there should always be a open bottle of Priorat red available, makes it so much better! Trio Infernal wines are highly suitable for these occasions. Thanks Bacchus it’s Tuesday, let the good times roll!

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The village of Torroja del Priorat is located in the heart of the Priorat and is the place where the headquarters of the Regulatory Council of the DOQ Priorat is located. The environment of Torroja has a very irregular topography, the presence of slate there is widespread and summer time here is more pronounced in terms of contrast, than n other parts of the Priorat. These features make the wines from Torroja very characteristic, so it is no surprise that some of the best/heaviest (read different) wines come from this place.

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The name comes from the Red Tower, a watchtower built by the Arabs in the tenth century and first mentioned in 1270. The document in question is the certificate issued to the population of Poboleda, in which the term Torrogia is mentioned, and in the days part of the Carthusian priory of Escaladei.

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The parish church is dedicated to St. Michael. It is a building consisting of three ships built in the eighteenth century. It is in neoclassical style with Baroque elements. The body of the temple was built in 1800 by Joan Pere Cavaller in French romantic style, with Catalan elements. Very few parts of the old fortifications remain. There are small traces of the Saracen tower that gave name to the village. The door and a gate of an antique prison are also visible. Torroja celebrates its festival on September 29, the feast of St. Michael. One of the best days to visit Torroja!

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The main economic activity is agriculture. Highlights the growing vines , almond , hazelnut and olive. Agricultural cooperative has existed since 1934. How many people live here? 134! How many of them drink wine? 135! Some of the wine drinkers also tend to be wine makers! Surprise, surprise!

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The movie, Le Trio Infernal, is based (loosely?) on a true story about the attorney Sarret. Making the acquaintance of two lovely german sisters Philomene and Catherine Schmidt, Sarret seduces them both. He then invites the sisters into his latest scam: marrying and murdering gullible men and women, then cheating their insurance companies. You just can’t trust the French….., unless they make wine in Priorat! I have no clue whereas the winery Trio Infernal has any such scams going, what I do know is that their story is 100% true!

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THE TRIO INFERNAL is a project set up in the Priorat duirng 2002 on the initiative of three renowned vintners of the french Rhone Valley. It is based on twenty year friendship and the desire to create a common project in a new viticultural region known for having the potential to grow great wines. The vintners are Laurent Combier (Domaine Combier, Crozes Hermitage), Peter Fisher (Chateau Revelette, Aix en Provence) and Jean-Michel Gerin (Domaine Gerin, Cote-Roite). Fascinated by this region, they decided to settle in the heart of this valley, in Torroja del Priorat.

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Their wines showcase the delights of Priorat’s signature grape Garnacha, alongside Carignena (the trio coming from Rhone, that makes sense!) and sum up the virtues of contemporary Spanish winemaking; They are Old World (French) in the soul, tradition-bound wines, yet at the same time they are innovative and provocative. They combine the flamboyant, fruit-forward excitement of modern winemaking with the complexity and power of old vines.

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But it is so much more and exemplefies the Priorat very well! The whole wine making wolrd is gathered here, from the start there was Rene Barbier, Alvaro Palacios, Carles Pastrana, Daphne Glorian etc. etc. And it just continues, everybody want s too make Priorat wines and for some it’s like shooting a elephant in a very small room. A can’t miss siutation, or that just might be what they and everybody else thinks!?!

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Jean-Michel Gerin saw the old vine terraces on this one-of-a-kind property in Priorato and he thought it was his native Cote Rotie — with one difference. Down on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the sun always shined, the Grenache and Carignan reached optimal ripeness year after year. In Cote Rotie, each vintage was a crapshoot. When Peter Fischer saw Trio Infernal, he looked at the rugged soils, the gnarly vines, tasted the sweet berries just before harvest and wondered why things weren’t this easy back in Provence. And when Laurent Combier first laid eyes on these magical terraces 10 hours — or a three-hour prop plane ride — from Crozes Hermitage, he just thought, “C’est trop facile (It’s too easy).”

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Only five years later, the Trio was recognized as the leading producer in Priorat. Raving reviews, article in every noteworth wine magazine and top scores all over the board. By 2007, Clos Erasmus, Clos Mogador, and Alvaro Palacios found their match in Combier, Fischer and Gerin. The same year they even considered expansion. It was the gold rush era in Priorat and the Frenchies were carving it day by day. Then…., the bubble bursted. The crisis hit hard throughout Spain and Priorat was no exception. But it is only the man without the plan that suffers, the Frenchmen had a backup plan.

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Sensing or knowing the crisis would hit, as is the case historically, they had a backdoor. Setting aside part of their, by the time, well renowned 1/3 series and focusing on their “crisis management” wine. The Riu was born out of hardship and blended with the, during that time, hard to peddle 1/3 series. The old vines from the 1/3 giving body, charisma, muscle tone and the younger wine the makeup, the combo worked just fine. A very different Priorat and affordable!

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Trio Infernal Riu 2010, 33% Carignena, 33% Garnacha and 33% Syrah (1% French touch)

Cherry to slight purple color with great tears. Loads of fruit, intense aromas of black fruits. Slight vegetal but only hints. Licorice and some floral notes. Secondary, after quite some time, gives off a mineral feel as well as balsamic and spiciness. The palate is rich, structured, with length and supported by a great acidity and powerful but gentle tannins. More balsamic aftertaste than in the nose. Fruity aftertaste, hints of violet and licorice. A concentrated, elegant and fresh Priorat.

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Celler Aixalà i Alcait, Superfly in DOQ Priorat

349/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Torroja del Priorat – Celler Aixalà i Alcait – Destrankis 2012

Superfly……..,

destrankis-2012Destrankis 2012, 80% Garnacha and 20% Cariñena

Bright red cherry color with violet tones, middle layer. The nose is full of fruit, light touches of menthol, green leaves and pine. Good combination of fresh red fruit, herbs, thyme, rosemary and mineral notes. The palate shows some minerality. This is a fresh and balanced wine. Licorice, balsamic and butter, with a slight touch of camphor. The palate is light but persistent, with a subtle mineral background showing where it comes from. If you like Grenache, this is a wine for you!

205_1351770410650-pardalasses-les-Clivelles-2010-vertThe grapes come from two farms owned by the Aixalà family and their small family cellar is located in the village of Torroja del Priorat. The cultivation of the vines is done through sustainable viticulture, without herbicides or pesticides, while respecting traditional or biodynamic principles. The wine has been aged for 9 months in new and almost new barrels of French and American oak, followed by 6 months in bottle. 4000 bottles were produced.

pardelasses-232104The Aixalà i Alcait is a small wine cellar, a micro bodega would be the correct description, in the sense of vineyard size, yield and bottles produced. They make well defined wines and considering that the work is done by mule, as that is the only way to access the vineyards, and grapes are being hand harvested, the price for their wine is very very reasonable.  The main challenge is to make sure that their level of English is at par, as most of their production is sold outside the country. Aixalà and Alcait are trying to, as far as it is possible, work with organic principles, respecting nature and tradition and making sure they express the personality of the terroir.

CostersAlzina3Currently, they produce four labels, Pardelasses, Destrankis, El Coster de l’Alzina and Les Clivelles de Torroja. You have to get your hand on at least one of these! Superfly wines!

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Alfredo Arribas, That Old Black Magic in DOQ Priorat

339/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Priorat – Clos del Portal – Negre de Negres 2012

That Old Black Magic……..,

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Negre de Negres 2012, Garnacha Tinta, Carignena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

Down and down I go, round and round I go, like a leaf that’s caught in a tide….., Black Magic is found in abundance in this Super Catalan that Alfredo Arribas had created by most probably using magic? This is a wine that shouldn’t exist, at least not in this region, because it defies all sensory logics when it comes to what the Priorat region equals and what wines from here in general are all about. Even the price is magical, an absolute value for money! And that, my friends, is why it is a Super Catalan.

Lovely, intense, dark cherry color. Clean and Bright. Nice slow tears. Intense and fresh aromas. A great background with notes of herbs and carob, it displayes an expressive minerality with a wide range of red and black, juicy and fresh fruit and abundant balsamic notes. After it opens up, elegant toasted notes appear, a lot of very creamy and spicy notes and chocolate that stands out. Negre de Negres (“Black of the Blacks”, referring to the red grape varieties being used) is a wine that is powerful on the palate, but gentle and kind at the same time. It has a silky and very tasty entry, sweet but with a freshness that is present at every level. In the mouth it reflects the same aromas which are found in the nose with a perfect harmony between fruit, toast, creamy balsamic and expressive minerality. Excellent acidity in perfect balance. Ripe tannins. Long finish with good persistence. If you are out to get something different from Priorat, you should keep this one in mind! Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy!

Maybe there are better ways to live life? I just feel good about the way I am living mine. Sun, great food, walk with the dogs and wonderful wine, not to mention the wonderful wife! Had a truly enjoyable wine tasting yesterday with a great bunch of wine lovers in Barcelona. Some of the usual suspects were there, together with some new prospects!

1507857_771783372838930_463148591_nOne of the new members is a passionate host within the community of EatWith! People with a passion for food and wine, cooking at home and inviting, in most cases, total strangers and preparing a dining experience in their own home. Yes, you’re right, couldn’t but join in and am now contemplating my own hosting of such an event! Let the passionate cooking begin!

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The work of Alfredo Arribas begins in the DOQ Priorat during 2001. The Clos del Portal, estate wines project is located in the heart of Priorat, between the villages of El Lloar and Bellmunt, rising from the valley of the Siurana River to the foothills of the Sierra del Montsant.

Alfredo Arribas, architect come wine maker!

Throughout the years they have been recovering abandoned coster terraces, working with the diversity of grapes and clones present on these sites and outlining an advanced model of viticulture.

The architecture of the cellar integrates it nicely into the landscape!

Before long, their estate wines have managed to stand out as a clear example of the latest generation of Priorat wines, in pursuit of elegance and subtlety. Made with meticulous perfectionism, interpreting the extreme terroir, austere soil and climate, showing the way of the future for this wine growing area. Alfredo Arribas runs the winery with the support of Joan Asens.

One of Celler Clos de Portals many vineyards!

Clos Portal has 40 ha. of small plots. All of them bordering with each other, out of which 14 ha. are vineyards, half of the vineyards are coster and the remaining are terraces. The importance of the mineral soil, licorella slate base with subtle variations of different soil components that confer complexity to the whole, is the key factor of great harmony of these treasured wines made from different varieties and vineyards.

The label designs are amongst the coolest I have ever seen!

Grenache, Carignena, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Monastrell are the grapes grown along with some experimental varietals. They work on the basis of organic viticulture and are in the process of conversion to organic farming altogether. Estate wine meaning that all wines are produced with their own grapes, harvested manually, rigorously selected, cluster by cluster in the vineyard and not buying additional grapes.

The full range of wines from Alfredo Arribas, Portal del Priorat

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Pins Vers, Magic Carpet Ride in DOQ Priorat

322/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – El Molar – Celler dels Pins Vers – La Fuina 2004

Magic Carpet Ride……,

……, Well, you don’t know what we can find. Why don’t you come with me little girl……, On a magic carpet ride into the magic of Priorat. Yeah, this is the place to be and if you have never experienced the excellence of this appellation, you should try and get a bottle of red from Priorat and see where it takes you. Maybe on a Magic carpet Ride? Once again, join me and explore yet another small winery!

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La Fuina 2004, Cabernet Sauvignon 45%; Garnacha Negra 35% and Cariñena 20%

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A superb wine from start to finish, a Priorat wine very much to my taste. Rich deep purple color, opaque. Plenty of mature dark cherry, satiny nose with weight. Slightly earthy. Nice coffee aromas and some truffles. Great tannic structure. Powerful body, very long after taste, leaving a mouthful. Besides spices, there’s dried apricots and shortbread. Good attack and persistence. Celler dels Pins Vers is located in the village El Molar, founded in the year 2002 by 5 people closely bound to the Priorat wine world. Four of the members have family ties to this area and are dedicated to the wine-growing sector and the fifth member is an oenologist, working as an oenologist in the area since 1998. “Pins Vers” means Pine-Tree (Pinus pinea), conifer from the pinacies family, which are distinguished by having a round top and an oval pine-cone which gives eatable fruits called pine-nuts.

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The climate is Mediterranean with certain tendency to continental nature, dry summers and practically absent rainfalls. The property vineyards are of schist soil (named llicorella in the Priorat region) and coaluvial stony soils; sedimentary soils, formed with a mixture of calcareous materials, river pebbles and eroded slate. The varieties Carignan and red Grenache grow on llicorella soils; Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are cultivated on a sedimentary soil with mixture of llicorella and calcareous materials.

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The old Carignan vines are grafted in Rupestris de Lot; red Grenache with R-110 and Cabernet Sauvignon with R-110 and 161-49 root-stocks. Carignan vines are more than 50 years old while Grenache and cabernet vines are from 15 to 25 years old. The Plots have small surfaces and the vines are planted in wide terraces or on slopes called “costers”. Some 20% of Carignan vines are cultivated according the traditional method and there is no trellis system, the vines grow as bush vines. With the other 80% grapevines, a vertical shoot positioning trellis system is being used. The vines are pruned in a bilateral cordon, reaching to a vegetation height in the trained vine of 90 cm.

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The grapes are weight in the boxes before being deposited into the de-stemming machine, afterwards, the pomace is pumped to the fermentation tanks. Selected yeast are added and alcoholic fermentation starts, it lasts 10 or 15 days according to variety and vintage. The must and peels soaking lasts between 20 and 35 days. Finally, the wine is racked and the paste is pressed. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation takes place and it lasts approximately one month. During winter, and in a natural way, the tartaric stabilization occurs. In February, French oak barrels are filled and the wine is being aged during 12 months. The wine is bottled in April and is kept for reduced ageing in the bottle during 8 months up to a year before labeling.

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La Fuïna is the name of one plot in El Molar village. La Fuïna (fouine in French, marten in English, garduña in Spanish and also fagina in Catalan) is a small mammal belonging to the family of mink and marten (Martes foina), that weights between 850 and 1700 grams and that measures 0,5 meters with a long tail which nearly doubles his body length. It is distinguished from Marta (Martes martes) by a spot on the front throat part. Its habitat is spacious, it prefers the mountain but it can also be seen near inhabited areas, while Marta is much more restricted to the Pyrenees area. Fuina prays on small mammals, birds, eggs, but it also eats  fruit and honey. It is a very silent animal with corpuscular habits; it is difficult to find it in its natural habitat.

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La Fuina 2006, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon: 40 % Red Grenache: 20 % Carignan (Samsó)

Cherry colour with slight purple hue. Aromas of truffles and ripe fruit, blackberry jam and plums. The secondary aromas offer spices and pepper, oxygenating the wine adds a few more touches of toasted hazelnut and minerals. On the palate the wine has a good attack and a tannin complexity, persistent, which fills the mouth forming a structured and balanced wine.

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Celler Cal Pla, Footprints in DOQ Priorat

306/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Porrera – Celler Cal Pla – La Carenyeta de Cal Pla 2010

Footprints.…….,

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La Carenyeta de Cal Pla 2010, 100% Carignena

Whopsy daisy! Or just WOW! What a lovely wine. Cherry colour with a maroon rim. Clean and bright, with fine tears. The sensations in the nose are full and rich with aromas of fleshy, ripe black fruit, which gives way to a series of spicy touches, cinnamon, liquorice, nutmeg, balsamic notes, aromatic herbs, smooth toast and roasted notes and a mineral background. Decisive attack, warm, broad and silky on the palate, filling the mouth with appetising fruity sensations. Sweet, ripe tannins and a magnificent, very well integrated acidity that refreshes, defines and deepens the experience. A very long and persistent finish leaving balsamic and mineral nuances. Highly recommendable. Fantastic value for money.

La Carenyeta 2010 is a single varietal (Carignena) red wine, made by Celler Cal Pla (the creators of the highly regarded Mas d’en Compte 2009), in the town of Porrera in the DOQ Priorat. The grapes come from vineyards between 70 and 80 years of age with very low yields. The production was limited to 999 bottles. The vineyards were planted on hillsides with slate soils, with altitudes between 300 and 500 meters, on a small plot of land known as Finca Els Arbres. It was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.

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With seven generations of winemakers behind them, Joan Grau and Cristina Sangenís hold the reins of this small family winery full of history, located in Porrera in the DOQ Priorat, where they have since 1996 produced higher quality wine. The story of wine making, seven generations ago, starts already in 1814 but then , the production was for the local market and for “house use”. Priorat was, at the time, not known for elaborate, well made or elegant wines. Now a days you will find stainless steel tanks and cement tanks which houses the younger wines. Under the house, lays a spectacular aging room, the cellar, and on the arches supporting the ceiling you’ll find ancient Catalan texts, with references to wine and wine making, accompany the wines during their aging time. 

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The family currently owns around 23 ha. of vineyards, divided into 6 plots, all found near the village and in effect making their vines “Vi de la Vila” (village wine or estate wine). Out of the wines produced, the most pampered is always the “Mas del Compte”, a centennial vineyard where the wine Planots is born. All the labor, from the beginning in the vineyard to the final bottling is carried out by the family members. This winery has been growing gradually and acquiring equipment needed to simplify the tasks at hand. The whole process is artisan and manual but recently they have acquired an automatic labeling machine that will help with producing about 70,000 bottles a year, of which 80% will be aimed at export.

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Gran Clos, Should I Stay or Should I Go, DOQ Priorat

283/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Bellmunt del Priorat – Gran Clos – Finca el Puig 2004

Should I Stay or Should I Go………,

……., darling (the wine) you’ve got to let me know….., should I stay or should I go? If you say that you are mine, I’ll be here to the end of time, so you’ve got let me know……, should I stay or should I go? It’s always tease tease tease….., you’re happy when I’m on my knees, one day it’s white, the next it’s red! And today it’s red and there’s no indecision that’s bugging me! Time for Super Catalan wine! Should I stay or should I go? I’ll stay and take the consequences! Enjoy life and the Catalan Sweet & Easy Lifestyle!

Finca el PuigFinca el Puig 2004, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

A wine that  is well-defined and bright. Almost opaque, intense red-purple hue, almost like a dark dark ruby jewel. Intensely aromatic and complex with hints of fresh, ripe red and black fruit, wild forest herbs, mineral and balsamic notes. Warm and fresh and in perfect balance. Well-balanced taste with a big structure and texture of fruits, delicate and ripe tannins and well-integrated wood with medium-high acidity. Explosive fruit on the palate complements the complex aromatic expression of the nose with hints of licorice, wild herbs and minerals. Long and very aromatic finish. This is not a wine you’d drink every day nor is it a non food wine, so for best experience make sure you’ve got something nice to eat with it! A grilled piece of well seasoned meat, especially beef and lamb and please keep it rare or at least medium-rare. Wouldn’t mind to have it with Serrano ham and especially Jabugo. Classy wine and another Super Catalan to add to the scrolls!

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Vines, like people, often reach their peak in the face of adversity. This highly limited cuvée is hand made from 100-year-old vines that suffer daily to survive in dense slate soils on steep hillsides. Their fruit offers a unique mineral complexity that could come from no other place on earth and has done so since Carthusian monks first planted vines in Priorat in the 12th century (Priorat is the Catalan word for ‘priory’). Welcome to my world!

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International Garnacha Day! The Drunkard Song in D.O. Montsant

277/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Montsant – Marçà – Acustic Celler – Auditori 2010

The Drunkard Song………,

auditori-2010-etAuditori 2010, 100% Garnacha

Pure pleasure, and as the top wine of Acustic Celler it displays and conveys the elaboration and terrior to perfection. Grapes from three old Garnacha vineyards, all 70 years and older. A full-bodied sensual sensation, with well ripened red fruits, cherry is clear. I distinguished some licorice  and a little spiciness  with clear oak as it progressed. Medium long finish. Nicely integrated tannins. Could easily stay in my cellar for another 5 – 10 years. The downside…….., not enough bottles on the market!

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The third Friday of September is celebrated as the International Day of Grenache. Coinciding with this important day for all wine lovers, events are organized today and during the weekend to come. This is the fourth year of this initiative, a series of activities for everyone that enjoy a glass or two of Garnacha, Grenache or Garnatxa, as it is referred to in Catalonia. I’ve chosen to open a bottle of Auditori from Acustic Celler! What could possibly go wrong with that choice?

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Grenache is a variety of Mediterranean origin and one of the most cultivated worldwide. In Catalonia, it is estimated that there are about 5,000 hectares planted. Many wines are made with the help of this great grape variety, either as a mono-varietal or blend. It transmits the identity of a region and the expression of a landscape in a perfect way, picking up the different soils and microclimates of the regions in which we can find it: Montsant , Priorat Emporda, Terra Alta Alella, etc. Over centuries, the Grenache vine has produced colour mutation vines with berries of all range of colors, and also the hairy Grenache, in Catalonia called Garnacha Peluda The latter is a clone, originating from the Tarragona region. Grenache can be made with a variety of fruity wines and good acidity from youth to sparkling whites, and also sweets. Grenache Noir is generally spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content, but it needs careful control of yields for best results. Characteristic flavor profiles on Grenache include red fruit flavors (raspberry and strawberry) with a subtle, white pepper spice note. Grenache wines are highly prone to oxidation with even young examples having the potential to show browning (or “bricking”) coloration that can be noticed around the rim when evaluating the wine at an angle in the glass. As Grenache ages the wines tend to take on more leather and tar flavors.

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As for sharing favourites……, well I guess that’s what I do all days! But just for the heck of it, some of the Garnacha wines I wouldn’t mind having on a a more regular basis could, but not be limited to, be the following; Espectacle 2010,Teixar 2010, Trossos 2011, Cerverola 2011, LLuna Vella 2010, Cims de Porrera GX 2006, Raret 2011 and Mas Plantadeta 2008.

There’s a lot going on in Catalonia to celebrate the Grenache, as well as the Mostra de Vins i Caves de Catalunya, which starts tomorrow in Barcelona, a fair covering Catalan wines and Cava, and does so during four days, 20th to 24th of September. A few players that have dedicated activities to the International Grenache Day are;

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Vineyes Domenech, one of the wineries in Catalonia that promote Grenache. They organizes collaborations with chefs and sommeliers in different restaurants and speciality shops during the Day. Among them, the restaurant Dos Cielos, la Cuina del Guinardó, el Hoffman, Divi i el Colmado Quilez de Barcelona, the restaurant at the Club del Cep d’Arenys de Mar, the Cellar Montserrat de Mataró and the Cellar Florida de Barcelona, Cal Feru de Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Bodega Jordà de Tarragona, Can Bosch de Cambrils, etc. If you feel for a drive through the countryside, you are certainly welcome to visit Vineyes Domenech, to see for yourself how the Grenache is treated in situ.

Vila Viniteca
Vila Viniteca, a well renowned wine shop in Barcelona, celebrate Friday evening with a tasting of 25 wines made from the variety, including the Tros Negre 2011 (Montsant), Cabrida 2010 (Montsant), Brunus Rosat 2013 (Monsant), L’Equilibrista Garnatxa 2012 (Catalunya), Quike Rosado 2013 (Catalunya), Gamberro Garnatxa Blanca 2011 (Terra Alta), Gotes Blanques 2013 (Montsant), Masia Serra Ino (Empordà), Pansal del Calàs 2010 (Montsant), etc. This tasting is free of charge. Living and working here has its perks, as I have pointed out many times before.

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In addition to the above activities, The Celler Edetària, has posted a contest on their official Facebook page, called the “Grenache Challenge 2014“, where you have a chance to win one of their wines. Enjoy Wine Barcelona are tasting Grenache wines from DO Empordà at The Santa Caterina Market in the Born area of Barcelona, and this is where they normally have their wine tasting activities, Grenache day or not. Now all that remains is to enjoy the day and appreciate the Grenache variety to its fullest! Enjoy!

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