Espelt Garnacha Old Vines 2016

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Espelt Garnacha Old Vines 2016

13.99

Catalunya, Spain

100% Garnacha

This wine offers incredible value! 95 year-old vines planted at high altitudes in Emporda region (far north east corner of Spain) yield wines with unmatched complexity at this price point. There is plenty of typical Garnacha flavors including raspberry and strawberry but you will also find bramble, spice, sage, and violets. The acidity keeps the wine from being too sweet and the integrated tannins cleanse the palate for the next sip. Certified Organic.

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The Garnacha from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra and Carinyena grow on sandy slate and granite soils. Headed Anna Espelt, the inheritor of generations of grape growers in Empordà, the farming is certified organic by ECOCERT, not only because it makes better wines, but because the vineyards are located in and around several nature preserves in the area. While there are plenty of inexpensive, fruit-forward Garnachas coming from Spain, few have the depth of minerality and complexity found in this old-vine cuvée.

The grapes are strictly hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed then left for a 36-hour pre-fermentation maceration. Fermentation takes place in tank then the wine is aged 3 months in new French oak.