Montsant "Les Argiles", Orto Vins
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Montsant "Les Argiles", Orto Vins - 2021

Item # 45683 750mL

D'Orto Vins is a winery run by the meticulous and eccentric, Joan Asens. The vines are planted at high altitudes making for brilliantly structured and fresh wines. Made of 90% Garnacha and Cariñena and aged in old French casks. The wine region of Montsant is in northern Spain in the area of Catalonia. This is an ideal wine for smoked duck.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Joan Asens, the producer of this great wine, is an expert in biodynamic wine making in Catalonia. He teaches lunar cycles at a local winemaking university. Before that, he worked with famous winemakers in Priorat to gain experience. The vineyards where he produces this wine are in the region of Montsant, a small high altitude region close to the more famous Priorat. This wine is balanced. It's a blend with mostly Garnacha and a bit of Carinena. You can enjoy in the palate flavors of red berries followed by spices and a crisp minerality. Fruit forward, fresh and versatile, this wine is ready to drink now




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Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up the Carignan cause and produced some distinctive and delicious examples. Now that it is subject to...

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