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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U Mes U Fan Tres, Emulsified in D.O. Penedes

282/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Guardiola de Font-Rubí – U Mes U Fan Tres – Dahlia 2013

Emulsified…….,

dahliaDahlia 2013, 75% Viognier and 25% Xarel.lo

The colour is straw yellow with greenish reflections, clear and bright. This wine is characterized by its deep and elegant nose. Subtle and elegant aromas, rich in nuances, fresh fruit (mango), dried apricots with hints of minerals and stone fruit, apricot, peach and loquat. Dense, soft, warm tropical notes, complex, beautifully balanced, good acidity, long and persistent aftertaste. Wouldn’t mind spending an evening with this wine, some good friends and possibly salad with fresh cheese, prawns or spicy seafood. Works well with Asian cuisine.

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1+1=3 (U Mes U Fan Tres), and yes it is a winery and not a math class, anyway…., the project started about fourteen years ago, although the founders were fully linked to the world of wine ages ago. The 1+1=3 brand name has its origins in the sum of different synergies; the passion for the well done work in the vineyard and for the wine elaboration of the wine maker Josep Piñol; the love of Josep Anton Bonell for the precious fruit which is grown on Penedes land, the coordination of the ageing processes, the bottling and the preparation of the final products, All this together with Carles Esteves prestigious Garraf wine elaboration make these wines and Cavas recognized and sold in USA, Japan, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Finland, Italy, as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore…
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The wines and Cavas from this “project” are getting more and more appreciated in Catalonia as well as in the rest of Spain, but for some reason the foreign markets have sniffed up this wine before the general public around the corner got convinced. More or less all their products are “perfect”. if there’s such a description in the world of wine. The energies which are passed on from Carles, Josep and Josep Anton, make the 1+1=3 team carry on working for the lovers of their wines, which at the same time are the ambassadors of the portfolio.
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 The grapes used in this wine are Viognier and Xarel.l, The Viognier which is of unknown origin has been able to adapt itself very well on the highest vineyard of  ‘Can Romeu’; at an altitude of 600 m. This vineyard is known for its scented and fruity wines with stone and tropical aromas. The soil of the  ‘Can Romeu’ vineyard is deep, stony and at the same time fresh. It was planted in 2007 and the growing system used is on trellis; its exposure and orientation is north/west.
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The xarel.lo is one of the native grapes and the most emblematic variety of the Penedes area. The grape is known to give  balanced, silky wines with aromatic, fresh and fruity nuances, which usually reminds us of white fruits and is at the same time capable to surprise us with certain touches of tropical fruits. The vineyard of ‘Can Llerda’ was planted in 1956; its soil is deep, fresh with clay loam texture. Traditional growing system; south exposed and east orientated.

logo-grisThey currently produce around 150,000 bottles of Cava and 40,000 bottles of still wine, under the appellation of D.O. Penedès, In addition to these figures they produce some 100,000 bottles of an organic Rosé made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, which is made for the Swedish market. They export 75% of the total production, so for the ones living outside of Catalonia it is probably easier to encounter the wines then for us living here. They have however begun working to penetrate the wine market of Barcelona.

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EccociWine, Message In a Bottle in Catalonia

225/365 – Catalonia – Without D.O. – Sant Marti Vell – EccociWine – Eccoci Blanco 2011

Message In a Bottle………,

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Eccoci Blanco 2011, 50% Roussanne, 30% Viognier and 20% Petit Manseng

Straw yellow colour, very bright, beautiful green hues. This wine is very open in its appearance and offer a multitude of aromas. First thing that hits me is the white fruits and stone fruit, then the floral notes come to mind. Peach, pear and some musk. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and fresh with lovely peach, tangerine and citrus with the slightest hint of sweetness, nice. It is intense and aromatic with a long smooth finish. Clearly a French style wine, but nevertheless I like it a lot!

Eccoci Blanco is made from a blend of grapes from Ca l’Elsa parcels lying at the foot of an inactive volcano where soils are composed of siliceous-limestone and volcanic stones with very good drainage. The rest of the blend comes from the Can Nobas parcels, which lie near a river where the soil is siliceous-limestone with alluvial stones.
The grapes are hand-harvested. Whole berry clusters enter a pneumatic press that uses nitrogen to prevent oxidation. The grapes are slowly and gently pressed before entering a stainless steel vat followed by slow fermentation at 16 °C (60.8 °F) for two to three week sur-lie.

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Confusion is hardly the right way to describe Eccociwine, but to some degree it did confuse me. The first time I got in touch with their wines I couldn’t quite make out the writing on the label. The wines as such are easy to understand and very much to the point, giving you the feel of the region and the varieties used. Some nice results right there and truly wines of the future. The Eccociwine winery is producing some unusual wines in the province of Girona. Drawing from its close proximity to France (the vineyards are only one hour south of the border), the wines are made with French grape varieties including Viognier, Rousanne, Petit Manseng, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Marselan and Petit Verdot. Normally you would encounter at least two or three local grape varieties at a winery in Catalonia, but these guys roll out the French guns 100%.

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Eccociwine practices sustainable farming methods and, while the term leaves a lot of room for interpretation, the winery’s commitment to preserving the environment is clear. In fact, it was the first Spanish winery to be Carbon Zero certified as of 2009, only one year after its first vintage. Eccoci currently produces four wines: Blanco, Rosado, Tinto Premium and Tinto Super Premium. For me, the highlights was their white, and the rosé was enjoyable as well. Great composition of fruits and fresh as a dip in the sea. The reds, and I like reds a lot, are going to extend their true potential in a few years, as is will get rounder and the tannic feel allows it to express the fruit to a higher degree. The annual production reaches some 90,000 bottles.

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EccociWine is a special place and project in which people from many different countries have come together to create great wine. This place was discovered jointly by all the stakeholders and now they can call it home. Individuals from the nearby town of Girona and faraway places such as Italy, France, Belgium, and Africa have established their “multicultural” roots here together with the French varietals that have become a part of the landscape. One of the first to arrive from afar and fall in love with the area was an artisan from Italy. Nurturing is a way of bringing out the best in living beings, and a way of showing appreciation is to give back life to a place left fallow. By listening to the land, those who have come to call this place their new home planted grape vines ideal for producing wines expressive of the area, capturing the essence of the vineyard’s surroundings. As a result of this happy union and a respect for Mother Nature, this team has created Spain’s first CarbonZero certified winery. Ultimately achieving harmony amongst the place, its people and the vineyard.

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Near Les Gavarres, a natural park reserve, there are villages that still conserve their old medieval air where winemaking was once a thriving activity. The vineyard is the only one in the area, which has revived the grape growing area thought to have been lost. This magnificent setting provides a unique environment for grape growing — vines are planted amid a natural landscape of cultivated fields, surrounded by pine, Holm oak and cork oak woods. The estate has 12 hectares (29.65 acres) of vineyards, surrounded by 30,000 hectares of woods that keep the vines isolated from other crops. Lying at the foot of an inactive volcano, the soil is composed of siliceous-limestone topsoil and stony alluvial subsoil with good drainage. The vineyard lies at the base of an inactive volcano surrounded by the natural park reserve Les Gavarres, therefore the vines are protected from external pollutants. The vineyards benefit from a combination of volcanic soils, siliceous-limestone and alluvial stones. The winery’s privileged location allows the vines to receive plenty of sunshine, ideal rainfall and diurnal temperature variation so that the grapes ripen gently, resulting in balanced tannins, sugar and acidity. The result is a collection of organic, artisanal wines that are terroir-driven, with a distinct sense of place.

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Coma d’en Bonet, Madness in D.O. Terra Alta

181/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Terra Alta – Gandesa – Celler Coma d’en Bonet – Prohom Blanco 2012

Madness…..,

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Prohom Blanco 2012, 70% Garnatxa Blanca, 15% Viognier and 15% Roussane

The first part of the must got to settle at 13ºC during 24 hours, fermentation during 25 days at 14°C. Blended in December 2010. Fined with bentonite, filter, stabilized and bottled in January 2011. Bright yellow colour with soft green tones, powerful aroma of a mix of fruits, apple and pear as well as slight notes of citrus, some exotic ripe fruits as well, full of fruit sensations. The mouth is tasty slightly creamy, broad, quite full bodied and with good acidity which gives this very well made wine a beautiful structure.

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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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Pascona Pirate Party, Drink Up Me Hearties in Falset

136/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Battliu de Sort – Borda de Cebria – Biu Blanc 2012

Drink Up Me Hearties…..,

….., Drink up me hearties, yo ho! Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! A toast to piracy and its many shiny rewards. As a career, what could be more rewarding?”  Are YOU in your happy place? Your office? My happy place is  my office! Yesterday, this was the best party to be at, only wish that all of you scallawag goat-herders were here!

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This is my office, or one of many office spaces I occupy. Welcome to my life! Where is the best place to be on a Thursday afternoon? Right here in my office! This time in Falset, Pascona Montsant Estate, where Toni hosted a Pirate party, with a twist?

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Well yes, since the rum wasn’t flowing bit the wine sure was! A couple of hundred friends got together and had a ball, Jack Sparrow was there as well, where else would he be, as the wine was free!?! Visca Pascona Montsant!

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A bunch of wine cellars where present, as the party was also a mini fair for local, Catalan, wineries! From D.O. Montsant, Celler Comunica, D.O. Priorat showed up with L’Infernal, D.O. Costers del Segre with Celler Batlliu de Sort. Cellers Som i Serem came, saw and conquered, from D.O. Tarragona. Mes Que Paraules from D.O. Pla de Bages and Finca Parera from D.O. Penedes. D.O. Emporda was represented by Terrer d’en Tassis, Celler Mas Foraster from D.O. Conca de Barbera and finally Cellers Frisach from D.O Terra Alta! Not a bad bunch, considering they are all Pirates!

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The brewery of Moritz might have felt out of place but let me tell you, a beer after all that wine was just what I needed! I am very please that nine of the Catalan appellations were represented. The only ones missing were D.O. Cava, D.O. Catalonia and D.O. Alella. Would have been nice with someone from Alella, but as Cava and Catalonia as D.O:s are more generic, they can be excused!

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This is exactly what an office party in my neighborhood looks like. A nice theme, some great wines and excellent finger food! The DJ played all the right tunes, the atmosphere was just the right kind and many, many friends were around! It almost got to be crowded at the office, which is very rare since the office, most of the time, is outdoors!

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Next year I’m dressing up as Hector Barbossa, just gonna let the beard grow and get a sword! Let the good times roll.

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Biu Blanc 2012, Riesling and Viognier

Bright yellow with thin greenish, thick and slow tears. Aromas of citrus, notably lemons and some grapefruit, white fruits, pears and green apples and soft touches of mountain herbs, anise and something reminiscing of dry flowers. The palate has good and fresh entry, remarkable structure with very distinct sour notes, good acidity, lime and lemon peel, hints of white fruit, hint of alcohol and some bitter notes. Long aftertaste.

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