Espelt Viticultors Garnacha Old Vines 2016
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The Garnacha from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard,
Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines
on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra and Carinyena grow on
sandy slate and granite soils. While there are plenty of inexpensive, fruitforward
Garnachas coming from Spain, few have the depth of minerality
and complexity found in this old-vine cuvée.
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Item ID: #19699
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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The Garnacha from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard,
Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines
on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra and Carinyena grow on
sandy slate and granite soils. While there are plenty of inexpensive, fruitforward
Garnachas coming from Spain, few have the depth of minerality
and complexity found in this old-vine cuvée.
-Winery Notes

Espelt

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EspeltWarm, sunny places where mountains meet the sea are always popular holiday destinations for the sun-starved, northern tourists who flock to the beaches of the Costa Brava for their yearly dose of vitamin-D and fresh seafood. The local DO supplies many of them with plenty of lubrication in the form of abundant, inexpensive and simple wine of a pinkish hue that matches their sun-burned skin. Like many destination DOs, the quality of the wine is in inverse proportion to the number of hotel bookings so there are few truly remarkable estates. Those farming steep hillsides in the back-country and focusing on indigenous varieties are usually the best bet.

One such property is owned by the Espelt family, who for centuries have grown grapes in Empordà. In the early 2000s they built a cellar and began bottling wines under their name. Headed Anna Espelt, the inheritor of generations of grape growers in Empordà, the farming is certified organic by ECOCERT, not only because it makes better wines, but because the vineyards are located on a mix of sandy granite, limestone and slate in and around several nature preserves in the area. Indigenous varieties and styles are promoted at Espelt from their fresh, crisp whites to their mineral and spicy reds before finishing on a pair of delectable fortified wines.

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Reviews (12)

John

Really smooth

"Nice smooth drinking wine. Sometimes old vine can be harsh but this one wasn't. Went back and bought more bottles!"

Mercy

The best case I've bought at Empire so far

"This wine is extremely drinkable. Goes well with all entrees, is not overly heavy and my only complaint is that the bottles are too long for my wine chest. Recommend unconditionally to all"

Wm Carrington

Great

Kathy

Great find!

"This was a great find for me. I had this in a local restaurant and was so happy to be able to purchase a case at a reasonable cost. Thank You! I will be ordering again!"

James

Espelt Viticultors Garnacha Old Vines 2016

"I really liked this wine..After the first sip I took a look at the label to make sure it was a Garnacha.This is a soft wine with smooth tannins and flavors of dark plum and a little black currant.It is VERY Merlot like.I thought it was very tasty.A good table wine."

Brett

Very good value

"I drink a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Grenache at all price points from many regions and producers. I was very surprised at the quality . . . no hard edges and decent finish. Opened a bottle with Indian food. If you like Mexican, barbecue, Indian, or steak, this is a great every night drinker. I liked it more than Brookie did, but then again, she was busy in the kitchen and didn't get to drink as much."

Mark

a consistently delicious Spanish red

Jon

Obscure name for a good wine

"a very good wine at an excellent price"

Altan

Nice Dry Red

"Very nice table wine. I think I'll buy another case soon."

Robert
Edward

average everyday wine

"Garnet, medium/light body/legs, mild aromas of dark fruit and chemicals, mild red/black fruit flavor+ petrol, zippy finish"

David

Personal review of Espelt Viticultors Garnacha Old Vine 2013

"The wine was light and it had a distinct after taste. It lacked clarity out of the bottle and it was marginally better after a period of time. Not one of my favorites. I would have expected a deeper color and taste. None of which are apparent in this wine."

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