Ole Imports, 2013 La Cartuja

"(aged for six months in French oak) Brilliant ruby. Ripe dark berries, licorice, smoky minerals and a hint of succulent flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy, round and open-knit; a peppery note adds lift and cut to warm blackberry, bitter cherry and licorice pastille flavors. The long, mineral accented finish shows very good focus and closes on a youthfully tannic note, leaving cherry pit and floral notes behind."

Ole Imports, 2013 La Cartuja

Ole Imports, 2013 La Cartuja

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2013 La Cartuja
Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico (CVA)

70% Garnacha
30% Mazuelo (Aka Cariñena)

The organically farmed vineyards are located in a 24-ha (59 acre) estate named La Solana ("Les Solanes" in Catalan) within the heart of Priorat, between the towns of El Molar and El Lloar, 4.5 km southwest of Gratallops.

The La Solana vineyard sits at 250 m (820 ft) elevation with slopes that have a southeastern exposure. These steep slopes overlook the Siurana River at the bottom of the valley, 1.6 km away, which joins the Ebro River 8 km further on. The famous Ebro runs through Aragon, Navarra and Rioja.

The soils of this vineyard are composed of volcanic slate and sand, which impart the signature of Priorat's terroir- distinctive mineral and graphite flavors. Priorat's soils are poor in nutrients and have a low pH, which results in brighter, fresher wines.

The wine undergoes 2 days of maceration followed by 8 days of fermentation and 10 days of extended maceration after fermentation. The wine is aged for 6 months, half in 225 L and half in 300 L French oak barrels. (3340 cs)

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