2018 Vinyes Velles Nobles Acústic Celler
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60% Samsó (Carignan) + 40% Garnatxa (Garnacha) from 35 to 65 year old vines; 10 months in 1 and 2 year old barriques. The results here are impressive. This deep, richly satisfying red hits all the marks you dream of with wines from big name villages in the Southern Rhone - but adds sleek charm and incredible spice too. Old vines, farmed organically and sensitively handled by Albert, with just a gentle seasoning from the old french barriques used. As Albert says - 'A good barrel is a barrel you cannot taste!' L&S (Oct 2020)
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Lurid violet. Lively blue fruit and cherry aromas pick up licorice and musky herb notes in the glass. Lush blueberry and bitter cherry flavors tighten up with air and show spicy back-end lift. Smooth tannins lend subtle grip to a long, spicy finish that echoes the cherry note. I like the mix of depth and energy here. Rating: 91 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2021)
The eponymous red 2018 Acústic is a blend of 70% Cariñena and 30% Garnacha from across Montsant and matured in used barrels for nine to 10 months. It's not a light wine, at 15% alcohol, but it has compensating acidity. The nose is quite fruit-driven, the ripeness is restrained for the alcohol level, the oak is neatly integrated, and the wine is juicy and tasty, with polished tannins and nice balance. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 91 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2020)
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.
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?
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