Tasting 8 Wines, The Usual Suspects D.O. Costers del Segre

307-314/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Falset – Hotel-Hostal Sport – Tasting 8 Wines

The Usual Suspects…..,

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… they came, they examined, they sniffed, they sipped and they spat, or should I say most of them did! Was expecting a well arranged tasting with some nice wines from D.O. Costers del Segre. At yesterdays tasting I got that, and more! According to the invitation from Marta and Ruth, Hotel-Hostal Sport in Falset, who were arranging the tasting, we were supposed to taste 6 wines, which is some kind of standard for these types of tastings. Final number was 8! And the wines they make in the Costers del Segre, Yes! The Usual Suspects is one of my absolute favorite movies and so is the soundtrack and main theme. The usual suspects also refers to the sommeliers, wine makers and wine lovers in general that visit the well arranged tastings at Hotel Hostal-Sport, once a month. There’s a bunch of people that always come to these tastings and I am happy to be amongst them! We have Emporda, Montsant and Priorat to look forward to!

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As always Marta, owner, manager and in house sommelier at Hotel Hostal-Sport, started of by introducing the representative from the D.O. and in this case I have to say I totally missed the name but I have to say that when it comes to wine and especially to the specifics of Costers del Segre, she knew what she was on about! It was a pleasure to listen to her.

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This was the ninth of 12 tastings over the year to come, covering the D.O:s of Catalonia. These tasting are a way to promote Catalan wine and the Catalan D.O:s at the symbolical price of 5 Euro per tasting, so, if you want to know more about the wines from the regions of Catalonia, make sure to get to Falset and enjoy some really good wines together with other wine lovers! Can’t wait for the next DO-tasting!

A little bit about the characteristics of D.O. Costers del Segre before we get going with the tasting notes!

The vineyards are spread out throughout the northeastern interior of Catalonina, with the region of Pallars being the most northern one. It is not an appellation with one border, as the growing areas are spread out like a multitude of vineyards. The vineyards are located in the sub-areas of Artesa de Segre, Urgell, Garrigues, Pallars Jussà, Raimat, Segrià and Valls del Riu Corb. The D.O. as such was created in 1986, so it is one of the younger appellations of Catalonia. Currently there are 588 wine growers and farmers, working on a grape producing areal of 4.197 ha. Total number of plots is 2.667 and wine producing cellars (commercial) are 42! Small numbers but big wines! 

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The different sub-zones have very varying geological and climatic features. The link is the middle basin of the River Segre, between the Pyrenees and the Ebro. They are all located in the interior and have quite dry conditions, away from the maritime influence and marked by high insolation, low rainfall and persistent moisture mists during the winter. The vineyards are located between 200 and 400 m. altitude. The soil is calcareous sand coated with a great uniformity throughout the denomination.

The Artesa and Pallars subzones are the most northerly, with their vineyards at a higher altitude and Pyrenean influence. Raïmat at the eastern end, has a gentle relief and continental climate. The sub-area Segrià on the plain of Lleida, is characteristic of rain-fed lands. Les Garrigues and Valleys Riucorb have dry soils, to be considered drylands.

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After the phylloxera, the vine cultivation decreased substantially. In this way, starting during 1909 the new vines grafted on American rots (Americanos) resistant to phylloxera, provided the province of Lleida with 15,161 hectares, of which 13,343 were replanted phylloxera resistant vineyards and 1,818 were lands that were previously not used for vine growing. The 102,920 hectares not reconstituted are mainly devoted to the cultivation of olive trees. In the western area, the varieties destroyed by the phylloxera were: Pinós, Samsó, Sumoll and Garnacha. The varieties grafted on American stocks: Monastrell, Macabeo, Trepat, Grenache and Sumoll. At the same time some French varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon were imported.

The grape varieties recommended by the regulatory body are; Garnacha Negra, Tempranillo (Ull de llebre), Cabernet Saugvinon, Merlot, Monastrell/Morastrell, Trepat, Mazuela/Samsó, Pinot Noir and Syrah with the recommended addition of white grapes; Macabeu, Xarello, Parellada, Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel de Alejandria, Malvasia/Subirat Parent, Gewurztraminer and Albarinho.

Llabustes Wine No. 1 – Vila Corona, Llabustes Chardonnay 2013, 100% Chardonnay

Pale yellow straw color, elegant green reflections. Clean and intense aromas of  flowers, acacia and a hint of rose. Yellow and white fruits, a lot of pineapple, apple and pear are quite subtle, banana is also there but fading in the background. No mineral and no notes of aging. On the palate, it is a dry wine with moderate acidity, noticeable alcohol but without being intrusive. It has a integrated body. Taste of citrus, exotic and white fruits, slight touch of almonds. You won’t find a better Chardonnay from Costers del Segre, the value is amazing!

Anima de RaimatWine No. 2 – Raimat, Anima de Raimat 2013, Chardonnay, Xarel.lo and Albarinyo

Straw to slightly golden color with greenish reflexions, showing the youth and freshness. Complex.  Intense nose with primary notes of tropical and citrus fruits, round and clean nose. Expressive to complex, secondary of currant, elderberry, peach and some white fruit, pear and melon. Structured, well balanced with good acidity. Dry, medium long after taste with balanced acidity. Well made and simply a very pleasant wine!

OnraWine No. 3 – Lagravera, Onra Moltahonra Blanc 2011, 70% Garnatxa Blanca and 30% Sauvignon Blanc

Brilliant and golden yellow color. Clean nose with heavy aromatic complexity. Some coconut, but mainly I noted white fruit meat, pear and apple. Smoky notes and cedar came along nicely in the background. Slight perfume, or aftershave, or if it was just the guy next to me? With aeration, lemon, pineapple and peach continues to add dimensions to the experience. Good entry, slightly salty. It is filling the mouth with sensations of white fruits, herbs and a buttery feel. Mature, quality, long and fresh finish.

Petit GrealoWine No. 4 – Vinya l’Hereu, Petit Grealo 2010, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Transparent ruby red color with violet hues. Red and black fruit, light smoke, herbs like lavender, rosemary and fennel. Nice touch of white pepper and balsamic. Medium intensity, medium and balanced tannins. Smoke again, leather and coffee. Candied fruit. Potent wine, persistent and refreshing. A pure, fresh character of clay!

oda castell de remeiWine No. 5 – Castell del Remei, Oda Negre 2009, 55% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Ull de Llebre and 5% Garnatxa

Cherry color, with a bright cherry colored edge. Colorful tears and dense. High intensity. Aromas of barrel and cedar, aromatic coffee came as secondary after quite some time. Balsamic. Marmalade, blueberry jam. Sweet and voluptuous entry. The tannins are mature, integrated and the acidity is fresh, enhancing the persistency. Loved the finale with the sweet fig carrying the wine a long way.

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Wine No. 6 – Celler Cercavins, Bru de Verdu 2012, Ull de Llebre, Syrah and Merlot

Dark cherry color with garnet rim. Clean and bright. Slow and slightly tinted tears. It has a clean and intense nose with outstanding very fruity aromas, ripe black fruit and licorice intermixed with subtle spices and lightly toasted. Mild vegetables and balsamic background appears after a while. The entry is powerful, fleshy and dry, marked by intense roasted notes, light spices and a delicate mineral touch. Good acidity that refreshes and distinctly tannic. Persistent finish that leaves roasted and fruity sensations.

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Wine No. 7 – Tomas Cusine, Vilosell 2011, Ull de Llebre and Syrah

Beautiful cherry color with violet edges. Very bright and thin legs. Nice aromatic complexity with a  wide range of aromas. Vegetables, red fruits, hot spices and licorice give way to ripe fruit, sweet spices and chocolate. Subtle floral background. Intense and spacious volume. Silky and full of juicy fruit, blackberries, accompanied by toast and mineral notes and subtle hints of licorice. Mature and well polished tannins. Good acidity. Long and persistent finish that leaves fruity sensations. A round, tasty and very friendly wine!

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Wine No. 8 – Batlliu de Sort, Biu de Sort Negre 2013, 100% Pinot Noir

Unclear, light purple to ruby color. Ops, not a favorite. Primary of sewer and rotten eggs, like I haven’t experienced that before! Swirl, swirl, swirl and here we go…, raspberry, unripe cherry, slight coffee aroma and some green beans. Light entry, dry, fresh acidity, light tannins, violet, salinity, green bell-pepper. Different, interesting even though we got of to a bad start. Would actually enjoy an additional glass of this wine

And the WINNERs are (had to go for two this time) Lagravera, Onra Moltahonra Blanc 2011 and Tomas Cusine, Vilosell 2011.

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Celler Cara Nord, Lush Life in D.O. Conca de Babera

214/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Conca de Barbera – El Vilosell – Celler Cara Nord – Cara Nord 2012

Lush Life……..,

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Cara Nord 2012, 40% Macabeu, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Albariño

Lovely bright and clean as a whistle. Pale yellow colour with thin slow flowing tears. Took a while to get the nose going, as it was quite closed. Citrus and white fruit with pleasant herbal notes. Grapefruit, lemon zest, some pear, Mediterranean forest herbs. Secondary offer aniseed and mineral. Closes on a spicy note, which carries onto the palate. A nice entry, smooth creaminess and good acidity, intense citrus (grapefruit) and slightly savoury white fruit, some bitter notes and good freshness, fine structure, shows a soft minerality and medium persistence. Medium-long finish and after taste of citrus. Good focus and length. Should be enjoyed over the years to come.

The Mountains

Celler Cara Nord is located close to the Serra de Prades mountains and owes its name Cara Nord (north face in Catalan) due to its location in this part of the mountain. This is a steep and hilly landscape, surrounded by high peaks and forests of oak in the Natural Park of the Prades Mountains and Natural Park of the Poblet Forest. An area that has been nationally classified as an area of Geological Interest. Poor earth with slate, clay and limestone with rocky outcrops, cliffs and rugged mountains. The climate is Continental-Mediterranean with cool nights that allow the vines to rest. This delays the accumulation of sugars, preserves acidity and helps in the creation of aromas.

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Cara Nord was created by 3 people, joined for more than 20 years by their friendship and their passion for wine: Tomas Cusine, Xavier Cepero and Eric Solomon. They had many years of experience in the wine industry, and in March 2012 they decided to start a winemaking project together. They all had been attracted to the majesty of the North Face of the Sierra de Prades and its magnificent climate, land and history of quality wine making.

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From experience they knew the potential of the grapes that grow in the  Prades Mountains when it came to making good wines: the excellence seen in the DOQ Priorat, the reliability of D.O. Montsant, and the creativity of the D.O. Costers del Segre all originate from the same mountain range. Three Denominations of Origin located on a single mountain, all producing remarkable results. In reality, however, this interest lay particularly in the fourth D.O. of the Prades Mountains.

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This area was the Denomination of Origin Conca de Barbera, which itself has a long tradition in wine making and still has great potential in the world of small wineries and micro-elaborations. In 2012 they felt the call of “Mountain Viticulture” and threw themselves wholeheartedly into the Cara Nord project, aiming to: Vinify grapes from vines planted at altitude on the North Face of the Prades Mountains. Starting with the vineyard and with their small winery located within the historic Monastery of Poblet, in March 2012 they embarked on this great wine-making adventure.

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Viticulture up to 800m above sea level, as is the case at Cara Nord, takes place in a very particular and demanding geographical environment that poses constant challenges. But Tomas, Xavier and Eric are convinced that vineyards grown on rocky land, in unpolluted air, and surrounded by untouched biodiversity, will result in the creation of original wines with unique organolèptic qualities.

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They have opted for a mountain viticulture with vineyards at about 800 meters above sea level. And in Prades, per 100 m altitude, the temperature falls with about 0.65 º C, and the ultraviolet radiation increases 4% for every 250 meters. Moreover, this area has an average of 330 sunny days a year. Furthermore, the vines suffer water stress allowing them to concentrate flavor, aroma and color in an extraordinary way and also fungal growth is rare.

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Cara Nord is working with varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Garrut, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Albarino adapted to the landscape of the area. The Macabeo vines are very old, about 80 years. The rest were planted about 15 years ago. In addition, all the grapes that constitute Cara Nord are grown without irrigation to promote the intensity of the wine that comes from grapes harvested in its most optimal time. They  have no fixed rules in enology and each vintage should start over with new weather, new grapes and a new human factor. Exciting times ahead!

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Tomas Cusine, Call Me Maybe in D.O. Costers del Segre

174/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – El Vilosell – Tomas Cusine – Finca Comabarra 2010

Call Me Maybe……

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Finca Comabarra 2010, Garnacha, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a complex wine wits a intense and clean nose, with aromas of ripe red fruit, mint, balsamic, pastry and hints of slate, clove and tobacco. Elegant and subtle, soft, satiny and friendly on the palate with good acidity and full-bodied tones of dried fruits, coffee, chocolate, green tea notes. Sweet tannins that make it very friendly and the after taste is long and elegant. The production was very low with only 5,093 bottles made. Lovely wine!

Costers del Segre got a new wine making star in Tomas Cusine as he, in  2003, while the harvest was ongoing for full, decided to putt his efforts into the production of wine. The goal was to elaborate character-full wines capable of reflecting the particular traits of the D.O. of Costers del Segre.

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Personal philosophy played an integral part and challenged him to offer wines to the market that are synonymous with personality and elegance. But this is just the beginning of an ambitious long-term project that seeks to fully consolidate the bodega as a prestigious winery by the year 2014.

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The winery is located in the village of El Vilosell, in the local district of Les Garrigues, in Lleida province. This area, which belongs to the DO Costers del Segre, meets all of the requirements for growing first class grapes and obtaining wines of the finest quality. The estate is located on the north face of the Sierra de la Llena ridge and at an altitude of between 700 and 740 metres above sea level.

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This area falls within the DO of Costers del Segre, and it is border with the province of Tarragona and the comarcas of Conca de Barberà and Priorat. The local climate is moderate, but with a large diurnal temperature range and with annual rainfall between 380 and 600 mm per year. These conditions
 guarantee gradual maturing with quite late grape harvests that are responsible for the wines smooth tannins and very intense color.

Number 13 Plaça Sant Sebastià d'El Vilosell.

In recent years, the winery has planted 29 hectares of its land with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Cariñena, Marselan,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc… The winery has also acquired grapes grown under its supervision from other vineyards in the local area.

Cabernet Franc at the vineyard of Comalleret. Planted on the 25:th of September 2008

Tomàs Cusiné has opted for obtaining degrees of maturity that maintain a careful equilibrium between the phenolic and acidic components of his wines. He thereby avoids over-maturing his wines or producing excessive levels of tannins and ensures that his wines are elegant, complex, fresh and longer lasting.

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At harvest, the grapes are collected in 200 kg boxes and refrigerated before they are sorted. There is then a cold pre-maceration in tank, followed by a slow fermentation at a constant low temperature, with the aim of conserving
both the rich taste of the fruit and the freshness of the harvest.

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Once taken from the vats, the wines undergo malolactic and are then aged in 225-litre, fine-grained French oak barrels that are carefully chosen from the stock of leading barrel-makers as François Fréres, Nadalie, Seguin Moreau,
Demptos, Sylvain and Boutes. The production is about 200.000 bottles, and 75% goes on export.

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Agramunt Wine and Cava Tasting Festival, Wait so Long in D.O. Costers del Segre

148/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Agramunt – Wine and Cava Tasting Festival 2014 – Geol 2009

Wait so long……,

…., don’t know if I can but I’ll just have to. The 30th and of May and the 1st of June, I’ll be busy, working hard at the Temps de Vi (Time for Wine) fair in Vilanova i La Geltru. Update, program and information about this excellent fair will be coming on the blog shortly. Today I share information about the Agramunt Wine and Cava Tasting Festival, which is also going to be visited. All this and more hard work and more wine tastings I’ll do for YOU! What do I want in return? Well, that’s easy, just read about my explorations and if you ever get a chance, try the wines I write about and please try to do so here, in this beautiful land of Catalonia!

Baner-WebD Vins, Wine and Cava Tasting Festival was born in 2013 with the aim of offering the public a huge variation of wines from the D.O. Costers del Segre wine region. This year, some 30 exhibitors will showcase their wares at Sió Park – a beautiful village natural landmark – where the Romanesque bridge, offers a cosy natural setting for many wine producers to demonstrate their wonderful wines and sparkling wines to the public, curious to try and enjoy the wines produced in this area. More information and pictures, you will find on their FB site, http://www.facebook.com/DVinsAgramunt and also on their website, www.dvins.cat.

P1020196-1024x768The idea of organising D Vins was to bring together all the various wines of this large region into one central place and present them in a pleasant environment and one with a great enjoyable atmosphere for all. The Show will feature exhibitors from 20 different and varied vineyards, wineries and wine producers with the aim of offering their products and interact directly with end consumers. The recent wine vintages have been classified as “very good” according to the official table, describing wine quality. It has been an excellent period for the region in general following investment and modernisation the whole Costers del Segre region. The investment has been in harvesting, production and ageing techniques. The end result has produced wines of a very high standard, high enough to rival the better known Spanish wine regions.

DVINS-2014-e1396290379898There will also be at least 10 exhibitors of local food delights with samples and tastings available to accompany the hundreds of different wines – there will be something to suit all tastes! So come and visit and enjoy, where wine is enjoyed best, at a wine fair, the D Vins Wine and Cava Tasting Festival will be held at Sió Park, near the Romanesque Bridge, an emblematic area offering a unique, natural area perfect for enjoying our good food an wonderful wines. Welcome to Costers del Segre and welcome to Catalonia! To give you an idea of what you might taste during such an event and from this region, keep reading about Tomas Cusine and one of his wines from this appellation!

Everybody’s talking….

…. about how Costers del Segre got a new wine making star in Tomas Cusine as he, in  2003, while the harvest was ongoing for full, decided to putt his efforts into the production of wine. The goal was to elaborate character-full wines capable of reflecting the particular traits of the D.O. of Costers del Segre.

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Personal philosophy played an integral part and challenged him to offer wines to the market that are synonymous with personality and elegance. But this is just the beginning of an ambitious long-term project that seeks to fully consolidate the bodega as a prestigious winery by the year 2014.

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The winery is located in the village of El Vilosell, in the local district of Les Garrigues, in Lleida province. This area, which belongs to the DO Costers del Segre, meets all of the requirements for growing first class grapes and obtaining wines of the finest quality. The estate is located on the north face of the Sierra de la Llena ridge and at an altitude of between 700 and 740 metres above sea level.

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This area falls within the DO of Costers del Segre, and it is border with the province of Tarragona and the comarcas of Conca de Barberà and Priorat. The local climate is moderate, but with a large diurnal temperature range and with annual rainfall between 380 and 600 mm per year. These conditions
 guarantee gradual maturing with quite late grape harvests that are responsible for the wines smooth tannins and very intense color.

Number 13 Plaça Sant Sebastià d'El Vilosell.

In recent years, the winery has planted 29 hectares of its land with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Cariñena, Marselan,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc… The winery has also acquired grapes grown under its supervision from other vineyards in the local area.

Cabernet Franc at the vineyard of Comalleret. Planted on the 25:th of September 2008

Tomàs Cusiné has opted for obtaining degrees of maturity that maintain a careful equilibrium between the phenolic and acidic components of his wines. He thereby avoids over-maturing his wines or producing excessive levels of tannins and ensures that his wines are elegant, complex, fresh and longer lasting.

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At harvest, the grapes are collected in 200 kg boxes and refrigerated before they are sorted. There is then a cold pre-maceration in tank, followed by a slow fermentation at a constant low temperature, with the aim of conserving
both the rich taste of the fruit and the freshness of the harvest.

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Geol 2009, Samso, Merlot and Cabernet/Sauvignon

The colour is cherry with violet edges, fatty with large tears that fall slowly. The nose is powerful and expressive, in the foreground loads of fruit load are easily detectable, with hints of ripe black fruit and even compote and hints of red fruits, then and after a generous aeration it gives way to almost equal amounts of , aromas of garrigue shrub-land, metallic minerals such as charcoal and spicy ground black pepper, clove, licorice. Very interesting nose, complex, well-defined, structured and enjoyable. In the mouth it has a warm and welcoming entrance, expected a more aggressive entry and astringent, but initially it is nice. Marked notes of black fruit combined with hints of burnt sugar all accompanied by a major warm presence. It is a good wine, it has a great personality and a good identity. Great price to quality ratio!

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Tomas Cusine, Everybody’s talking in D.O. Costers del Segre

54/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – El Vilosell – Tomas Cusine – Vilosell 2010

Everybody’s talking….

…. about how Costers del Segre got a new wine making star in Tomas Cusine as he, in  2003, while the harvest was ongoing for full, decided to putt his efforts into the production of wine. The goal was to elaborate character-full wines capable of reflecting the particular traits of the D.O. of Costers del Segre.

vilorell_poble

Personal philosophy played an integral part and challenged him to offer wines to the market that are synonymous with personality and elegance. But this is just the beginning of an ambitious long-term project that seeks to fully consolidate the bodega as a prestigious winery by the year 2014.

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The winery is located in the village of El Vilosell, in the local district of Les Garrigues, in Lleida province. This area, which belongs to the DO Costers del Segre, meets all of the requirements for growing first class grapes and obtaining wines of the finest quality. The estate is located on the north face of the Sierra de la Llena ridge and at an altitude of between 700 and 740 metres above sea level.

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This area falls within the DO of Costers del Segre, and it is border with the province of Tarragona and the comarcas of Conca de Barberà and Priorat. The local climate is moderate, but with a large diurnal temperature range and with annual rainfall between 380 and 600 mm per year. These conditions
 guarantee gradual maturing with quite late grape harvests that are responsible for the wines smooth tannins and very intense color.

Number 13 Plaça Sant Sebastià d'El Vilosell.

Number 13 Plaça Sant Sebastià d’El Vilosell.

In recent years, the winery has planted 29 hectares of its land with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Cariñena, Marselan,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc… The winery has also acquired grapes grown under its supervision from other vineyards in the local area.

Cabernet Franc at the vineyard of Comalleret. Planted on the 25:th of September 2008

Cabernet Franc at the vineyard of Comalleret. Planted on the 25:th of September 2008

Tomàs Cusiné has opted for obtaining degrees of maturity that maintain a careful equilibrium between the phenolic and acidic components of his wines. He thereby avoids over-maturing his wines or producing excessive levels of tannins and ensures that his wines are elegant, complex, fresh and longer lasting.

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At harvest, the grapes are collected in 200 kg boxes and refrigerated before they are sorted. There is then a cold pre-maceration in tank, followed by a slow fermentation at a constant low temperature, with the aim of conserving
both the rich taste of the fruit and the freshness of the harvest.

Etiqueta i contra Llebre 2009

Once taken from the vats, the wines undergo malolactic and are then aged in 225-litre, fine-grained French-oak barrels that are carefully chosen from the stock of leading barrel-makers as François Fréres, Nadalie, Seguin Moreau,
Demptos, Sylvain and Boutes. The production is about 200.000 bottles, and 75% export.

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Vilosell 2008, 43% Tempranillo, 18% Syrah, 16% Cabernet S., 14% Merlot and small percentages of Samsó (6%) and Garnacha (3%). Like the blend?

Beautiful cherry color with violet edges. Very bright and thin legs. Nice aromatic complexity with a  wide range of aromas. Vegetables, red fruits, hot spices and licorice give way to ripe fruit, sweet spices, cocoa and balsamic. Subtle floral background. Intense and spacious volume. Silky and full of juicy fruit, almost jam, accompanied by toast and mineral notes and subtle hints of licorice. Mature and well polished tannins. Good acidity. Long and persistent finish that leaves fruity sensations. A round, tasty and very friendly wine!

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