2010 Celler De L'encastell MargeBlend from Spain
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"In 1999 Raimon Castellvi and Carme Figuerola decided to stop selling their grapes to the local cooperative choosing to make and bottle their own wines instead. Wit...
- 91+ Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
91+ Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"(60% garnatxa and 40% syrah, from a single vineyard in Porrera; aged for eight months in small French and American oak casks): Inky ruby. Deep aromas of plum, cherry-cola, licorice and smoky minerals. Bitter cherry and licorice flavors show noteworthy depth and power, with zesty minerals adding energy. Finishes with very firm, youthful tannins and lingering bitterness. There's impressive material here but this wine needs some time to unfold."
"In 1999 Raimon Castellvi and Carme Figuerola decided to stop selling their grapes to the local cooperative choosing to make and bottle their own wines instead. With holdings of old-vine Garnacha and Carinyena in the famed Mas d’En Caçador vineyard, it made little sense to have this special terroir be blended away, so they dismantled their small home in Porrera and converted it into a small, modern cellar.
Celler de l’Encastell owns 2.5 hectares in the aforementioned Mas d’En Caçador, a steep vineyard just outside of the town of Porrera. Their vines, roughly equal proportions of Garnacha and Carinyena, range in age from 60 to 90 years old planted on enturies-old terraces hewn from the llicorela soils famous throughout the region.
They own an additional 5 hectares nearby, at Mas d’En Ferran, planted with younger vines of Garnacha, Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. With these two terroirs they produce about 2,000 cases of wine each vintage. The Marge is made from the younger fruit at the estate which is aged in a combination of French and American oak. The Roquers de Porrera has at its core the old vine fruit from Mas d’En Caçador with a small addition of fruit from Mas d’En Ferran. It is aged entirely in French oak. "- Importer
91+ - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry and strawberry|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box and cedar|