Celler Coma d’en Bonet, The Unclouded Day in D.O. Terra Alta

318/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Terra Alta – Gandesa – Celler Coma d’en Bonet – Dardell White 2012

The Unclouded Day………,

blancnuriaDardell White 2012, 90% Garnatxa Blanca from Coma d’en Bonet  and 10% Viognier from Serra de Castellnou 

This is a wine which reflects typicality and authenticity of Terra Alta’s White Grenache. A young white wine with a bright pale yellow/green hue. The must is fermented at a controlled temperature, resulting in a fruity and aromatic wine with a powerful suggestion of tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, pear) and some lychee. Lingering hints of scrubland herbs and white rose. Fruity flavours and delicious taste, coated with a nice power and sensation of structure which can be perceived and enjoyed in this wine. Decanting of the first fractions of the juice at 13 ° C during 24 hours, fermenting 25 days at 14 º C. Blended in December ’12. Clarified with bentonite, then filtered and cold stabilized. Bottled in January 2013.

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The winery of Coma d’en Bonet in the small Terra Alta town of Gandesa, decided early to adhere to organic wine making. One that is made from grapes produced by using ecological agriculture, all grapes used come from vineyards grown without chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides (fungicide, insecticide or herbicide), and therefore no residues of these substances are influencing the final product.

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They use only organic fertilizers and natural minerals. All the vineyards are cultivated according to the guidelines of organic farming and under control of the CCPAE (Catalan Council of Ecological Agricultural Production). This certification ensures that products always have been prepared following the rules of organic farming, which have been controlled in the entire process of PRODUCTION, PROCESSING and PACKAGING.

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Celler Josep Vicens, The Perfect Song in D.O. Terra Alta

236/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Terra Alta – Gandesa – Celler Josep Vicens – Vinyes del Grau Syrah Vintage 2007

The Perfect Song……..,

Vinyes del Grau Syrah 2007

Vinyes del Grau Syrah Vintage 2007, 100% Syrah

Very intense cherry red colour. The aroma is powerful and balanced. Ripe fruit, red stands out. Raspberry makes an appearance but doesn’t stay on for long, followed by spicy notes with aromas of coconut and cocoa. It is the expression of macerated black fruit. The palate is powerful and meaty with is enriched by sweetness. A medium persistent and  very pleasant finish.

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The vineyards of Josep Vincens are located in the surroundings of Gandesa, D.O. Terra Alta, in the south west corner of Catalonia, covering up to 17 hectares. With regards to grape varieties, they have grown several local varieties, such as Garnatxa and Samsó, but also some foreign varieties like the Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah. Soil is diverse, but calcareous and poorly organic characteristic stands out from the others, as a dominant type in the area of Terra Alta.

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In a press article they have been described as «Orchestra winemakers» meaning that they are responsible for all the processes: from cultivating to harvesting the grapes, following-up on the elaboration process and finishing with the marketing and trading of the wines. They control it all, from the vineyard to the wineskin; from the wineskin to the consumer. They coordinate the sound of all the instruments.

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Five-generation-old Celler Josep Vicens, under the brand name of Vinyes del Grau, is one of the traditional wine makers in the region that has quickly adapted to modern times. Josep Vicens is aware that the key word to endure in such a competitive environment is “quality” and despite his modest, rural upbringing, he has always been inclined to innovation. As an example, he was the first producer to plant Syrah in the Terra Alta, something probably perceived as eccentric when he did it, but the plants adapted so well to the local conditions and the wines had such a degree of quality that nowadays it is used by virtually every winery in the region, either to improve their coupages or to produce excellent monovarietal wines.

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Nowadays, following some recent trends in wine making, he is also experimenting with oxygen permeable plastic tanks for the fermentation of the Garnatxa Blanca in order to produce wines with aromas and flavours coming only from grapes, leaving out those that would be provided by the wood if stored in oak barrels. Celler Josep Vicens blends the tradition of wine making in Terra Alta with the modern commercial ambition, to prove that the market still has room for family producers if they make the right choices.

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Celler Cooperatiu de Gandesa, Kodachrome in D.O Terra Alta!

219/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Terra Alta – Gandesa – Celler Cooperatiu de Gandesa – Somdinou Blanc 2012

Kodachrome…….,

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Somdonou Blanc 2012, 100% Garnatxa Blanca

Somdinou Blanc is clean and bright, presents a waxy pale yellow colour, with faint greenish sparkle. Thin tears, slightly fatty. Good aromatic intensity, besides conveying a fresh feeling it also transmits, without effort, tropical fruit fragrances with good citrus notes and also the presence of white fruit like pear. There are also some sweet notes, which lays nicely as an additional spectra. It has a good entrance, cool and smooth, with a mean impression of creaminess, but very light; the fruity sensation is present and dominates at all times. It is a greedy confusion between pineapple and pear that reaches the end of its fresh journey. Good acidity, which helps maintain freshness. Somdinou Blanc has a nice and smooth finish, giving a hint of bitterness at the very end. An exotic wine which leaves me longing for more!

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This is a white mono-varietal from D.O Terra Alta. Unoaked young, fresh and promising every wine lover out there, great wines to come from this magical region, in the future as well! It is made ​​by Celler Cooperatiu de Gandesa in the county of the same name in the province of Tarragona. There is a reason the wines is as good as it is, the cooperative decided to use only high quality grapes, from vines more than 75 years of age of the Garnatxa Blanca variety. The harvest began in early September. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 12 ° C for a period of 25 days. They are now advised by Toni Coca i Fito. 400,000 bottles of wine are produced each year.

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