2014 Vinyes Velles Nobles Acústic Celler
60-90 year old vines 80% Carignan, 20% Garnacha 7-15 hectolitres per hectare Dense with graphite, black fruit, herbs, Earth, meat & liquorice. Dense with rich tannins, concentrated black fruit, oak complexing, spice, fleshy, mineral bright floral & long. L&S (May 2017)
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Lurid violet color. Potent, mineral-accented black/blue fruits, licorice, five-spice powder and candied violet on the highly perfumed nose. Offers intense blueberry and a bitter cherry flavor that shows very good depth and a mineral undercurrent that adds lift and back-end cut. Dusty tannins frame a long, smoky finish that strongly echoes the mineral and blue fruit notes. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 92-92 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(Apr 2019)
Cariñena and Garnacha. Very bright crimson. Rich and fresh. A little less flattering than the Vinyes Velles Nobles. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2017)
The 2014 Braó showed a lot riper than the 2013. It is a well oaked blend of Garnacha and Cariñena from a dry and warm vintage fermented in stainless steel vats and matured in French oak barrel for 13 months. The fruit is black and there are hints of peat and graphite, while the palate reveals plenty of oak-related flavors and texture. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant, slightly dusty tannins. It has moderate acidity. Drinking range: 2016 - 2019 Rating: 90 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Oct 2016)
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.
Feel the warmth of the Catalan sunshine, and the complexity and intensity of 30+ year old vines in this selection of great wines from Albert Jané’s Acústic estate in Montsant. The classic Catalan blend of Garnatxa (Grenache) and Carinyena (Carignan), and a style more redolent of the Rhône than Rioja, the Acústic Red and Brao are a popular part of the LEA & SANDEMAN Spanish range; the world-beating Auditori (100% Garnatxa) is a thing of beauty indeed; whilst the Acústic White (Grenache Blanc, Macabeu and Pansal) is a relatively undiscovered gem with rounded peachy fruit and the texture and class of a nice white Rhône or Burgundy. These are great wines and thoroughly charming. Acústic – music for your taste buds?
From Catalonia’s most interesting vineyards – a brace of Priorats and a long time favourite from Montsant, the region that almost doughnuts Priorat. Great blends of Grenache and Carignan, of a similar weight to Rioja but with less reliance of wood, some plump blackcherry fruit and touch of tertiary spice. Lovely winter warmers.
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