Els Jelipins
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Els Jelipins - 2017

Item # 23885 750mL
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Item Notes

  • Limited Production: Only 1 bottle(s) per customer

Production Methods




Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

Tasting Notes

As little intervention as possible is the mantra of Glòria Garriga & Oriol Illa, winemakers at Els Jelipins. They live and work as close to nature with their daughter sharing with the world, through this wine, their beliefs in minimalist winemaking. This red blend is balanced and intense with defined red fruits, kirsch aromas and hints of balsam and flowers. It ends with silky tannins and has great potential for aging.

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Staff Pick Notes

There's not a lot of this wine (2000 bottles in this vintage) and there probably never will be. Glòria Garriga and daughter Berta started making wine out of the family barn in 2003, and while demand for their wines has gone wild in recent years (and they've been able to upgrade those facilities), they are unwilling to compromise on meticulous, natural production or bring on additional workers. The red is a 60/40 blend of Sumoll and Garnacha. If you don't recognize Sumoll, it's because there are barely 100ha of the nearly extinct grape left in the world. The nose is mature, maybe reminding you of a Burgundy that's finally ready to drink, and a touch balsamic. On the palate, both textured and bright, it matches dried cherry fruit and tangy tamarind gummies, brown sugar, and oak spice. A rare and unique wine, one of true complexity.


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