Priorat, Garnatxa Negra, Cesca Vicent
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Organic

Priorat, Garnatxa Negra, Cesca Vicent - 2019

Item # 49269 750mL

Francesca Vicent is a 5th generation winemaker in the town of Gratallops. The dry red is made from Garnatxa Negra grown on diverse soils, including Priorat's famed Licorella. Full-bodied, with ripe tannins, red fruit and savory aromas, this spends one year aging in 300: used French oak barrels. Pair with corder a la brasa.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.


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Since the 14th century the family of Francesca ‘Cesca’ Robert have farmed grapes in Priorat. Her 13.2 hectares include not only the classic Llicorella soil for which Priorat is famous, but 10 additional soil types. Cesca is determined to craft wines that show the incredible diversity of her vineyard. Her commitment to excellence is immediately obvious once you get your nose into this. From 100% hand-harvested estate Grenache, here’s a wine that strikes an incredible balance of youthful vigor and confident maturity, that’s smoky and brooding yet fresh and revitalizing. Like me, you might be surprised by the ABV, but I’m not going to spoil that for you. Let’s just say you’ll be warmed up nicely. That’s on the back of the bottle with some inspiration from Cesca: “My Grandma Estefania’s love for me shines through to my love for this land”.

- SG

Glossary

Spain

Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both characterized by significant percentages of Grenache, while in Tavel and Lirac the grape is used to make...

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Priorato

Priorat is the precocious new kid on the Spanish wine scene. Twenty years ago, this tiny Northwestern winemaking region was all but forgotten. Then, after a handful of winemaking mavericks moved into the area, Priorat began to produce some of the most powerful, complex, and expensive wines on the market. In 2003, Priorat was awarded the prestigious D.O.C. status - a term previously held only by Rioja - and prices and quality levels have continued to soar ever since. Garnacha (called...

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Grenache Noir

The Grenache Noir grape, also known simply as Grenache, produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both characterized by significant percentages of Grenache, while in Tavel and Lirac the grape is...

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