La Cartuja

La Cartuja is a unique wine produced in the Priorat region, one of the most prestigious appellations in Spain. Priorat is special due to the unmistakable mineral identity that the licorella (volcanic Slate) imparts in its wines. La Cartuja was born in 2007 with the objective of bottling a special wine that is able to capture the mineral identity of this unique territory. A second objective with La Cartuja was to make a Priorat that approachable and not alcoholic while young. Lastly and perhaps the most difficult of objectives to accomplish was to make a wine of this pedigree at an inconceivable price. La Cartuja is a small production cuvée made from organically grown and estate-owned, grapes located in the Carthusian Les Solanes estate. La Cartuja is a fresh vision of Priorat, a wine that is young and accessible. During medieval times, La Cartuja was the name given to a large geographical area governed by the Carthusian monks. Similar to the Vatican estates, this area had its own code of law. The whole of Priorat was a "Cartuja," a religious state rather than a civil domain. Priorat's winemaking heritage began with the Carthusian monks. For centuries they performed the backbreaking work necessary to care for these difficult, isolated vineyards.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat 2013
Vinous Media 90 "(70% garnacha and 30% carinena; aged for six months in French oak): Bright violet color. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes dark berries and fresh flowers, with a spicy nuance gaining strength with air. Juicy and energetic on the palate, showing a silky texture and juicy blackberry

Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat 2012
International Wine Review 93 "La Cartuja offers fresh ripe dark raspberry fruit, graphite and earth. It is soft on the attack with good density of dark earthy/slatey fruit flavors, a velvet texture and round tannins on the finish. It is a superb wine ready to drink now and over the next 7 to 10

Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat 2011
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "A spectacular offering from Priorato that sells for a song (most wines from this region are in the $50-150 or higher range), the 2011 La Cartuja is a 4,000 case blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Carinena (3,000 cases are being exported to the USA). It was aged for eight months in 50%

Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat 2010
"A blend of Grenache and Mazuelo with a little Cabernet and Syrah from an organically farmed estate, a plush, concentrated wine with bright berry flavors" ~ Winery notes