2013 Bodegas la Cartuja La Cartuja Priorat

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The vineyards are located in a 24-hectare (59 acre) estate named La Solana (‘Les Solanes’ in Catalan) within the heart of Priorat, between the towns of El Molar and El Lloar, 4.5 km southwest of Gratallops. The La Solana vineyard sits at 250 meters (820 feet) elevation with slopes that have a southeast exposure. These steep slopes overlook the Siurana River at the bottom of the valley, 1.6 kilometers away, which joins the Ebro River 8 km further on. The famous Ebro runs through Aragon, Navarra and Rioja. The soils of this vineyard are composed of volcanic slate and sand, which impart the signature of Priorat's terroir- distinctive mineral and graphite flavors. Priorat’s soils are poor in nutrients and have a low pH, which results in brighter, fresher wines. One of Priorat’s distinctive characteristics is the combination of a cool climate’s acidity with a warm climate’s ripe tannins. If wine is “liquid geography,” Priorat is a great example of how a region’s vineyards are manifested in its wines. For climate, from April-October, the average temperature is 68°F. Cool nights contribute generous aromas, vibrant freshness, acidity and assertively expressive fruit in the wine.



Tasting notes: A spectacular offering from Priorato that sells for a song. Phenomenal minerality along with notes of crushed rocks/wet steel, graphite, blueberries and raspberries, medium to full-bodied flavors, and sensational purity, texture and length.



 



 


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