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Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat 2012


A lovely, affordable Priorat that lives up to all of its hype.

Winery: Bodegas La Cartuja was founded in 2007 by Borja Osborne of the Osborne family [famous for their Sherry], Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata. Their goal was to make an estate-bottled wine that was “able to capture the mineral identity” of the Priorat region, along with being approachable when young, and perhaps most significantly, at an affordable price. The estate takes its name from the Carthusian monks of medieval times, who began the long tradition of winemaking in the Priorat region. ‘La Cartuja’ was the name of the geographical area that the monks governed. The area was a religious state with its own code of law, similar to Vatican estates.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from an estate vineyard named ‘La Solana’ located on steep slopes within the heart of the Priorat region. The 24 hectare vineyard consists of organically farmed vines planted in 2002. Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of concentrated red fruit, earthy spice and a hint of sweet oak. Polished and well structured with layers of blackberry, cherry, hints of black currant, woods and loads of crushed black peppercorn. Streaks of bright fruit and earthy, smoky minerals comprise the lengthy finish.

70% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena
Bottled by R.E.N. 29.062.00 CAT CP43736
14.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2017

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