Made of Garnatxa (Garnacha) and Samso (Cariñena) from 35 to 65 year old vineyards planted in the hills of Montsant, this is one of the most authentic wines we have found from Spain. With an intensely rich deep colour, and concentrated sweet aromatic fruit, this is a wonderfully expressive wine that reflects both the harshness of the region - the vines having to work hard for survival in the dry, stony soil - as well as the quality and singularity of the traditional winemaking. L&S (Oct 2012)
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The 2010 Acustic is a blend of 70% Carinena and 30% Garnacha from 40- to 70-year-old vines that is aged in French barrels between one and three years old. It has an elegant blackberry, raspberry and wild hedgerow-scented bouquet with judicious oak playing a backseat role. The palate is rounded and supple on the entry, with very pure, sweet, precocious black fruit balanced by good acidity. This sumptuous red Montsant offers immediate drinking pleasure, but it has an underlying structure to suggest 2-3 years aging. Drink now-2016. Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Sep 2013)
Montsant is a region in north-east Spain which surrounds fêted Priorat like a halo. This very delicious red, made from Garnacha and Cariñena, has an incredibly silky feel, and, like a classic dish refined by a great chef it manages to achieve richness and lightness at the same time. Flavours dance, a skein of smoke, a sweet ripeness, a pretty fragrance.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Mar 2013)
These exciting wines, from very old vines in the DO of Montsant (a 'doughnut-like' ring of land that encircles Priorat on all sides) is the project of Albert Jané Ubeda. Unlike Priorat's famous slate soils Monsant has a mixture of terroirs with more clay, sand and slate vineyards. Planted with Garnatxa (Garnacha) and Samso (Cariñena).
Albert is like an obsessive collector when it comes to prospecting new vineyards, even if he comes across a small parcel of old bush vines he just has to have it and this patchwork of sites add so much complexity and intensity to his wines. All the vines are between 30 and 105 years old, in harsh and stony soils of sand stones and clay.
Albert's philosophy is to create wines that express and bring back to life the traditional way of making wines here. He is all about authenticity and says his job is to look after the vines - he makes his wine in the vineyards not the cellar. It is the vines and the terroir that are the magic here for Albert and his mission is to bottle it!
Working organically since his first vintage in 2004, all the grapes are hand-picked. Vinification is traditional (small wooden press), there is a very prudent use of oak 'a good barrel is a barrel you cannot taste' says Albert, it should 'help the wine express itself not actually add its own mark to the juice'. All wines are then bottled without fining or filtration, making them the most exciting and expressive wines we have tasted from this upcoming region.Albert also has exciting wine projects in Priorat with Ritme Cellar and Autocton Cellar.
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