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  1. Vino de Montana Garnacha, Rufete & Pinuela 2017
    Vino de Montana Garnacha, Rufete & Pinuela 2017

    Vinos de Montaña is a range of mountain wines from high-altitude vineyards in Sierra de Gredos and other historic growing areas in the Sistema Central, the mountain chain that divides the Iberian Peninsula in its Northern and Southern halves. Based mostly on very old Garnacha vines on granite soil.

    Based on Garnache and an incredible blend of local grape varieties full of depth and complexity. 100% organic, the vineyard is situated on mountain terraces of the South of Castilla y Leon. Cool nights allow to retain plenty of freshness and the granitic soil further character. Flavours of ripe dark cherries, red plums and a hint of spice. A cracker! PWS


    2017
    Grenache
    Spain
    459
  2. Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2018
    Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2018
    The "vi de vila" or village wine 2018 Gratallops was produced with a blend of 74% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 1% white varieties that were crushed and destemmed and then fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in oak containers of different sizes, bocoyes and oval foudres, for 15 months. This is the most approachable and open of the 2018s, aromatic and with the characterful profile of wet slate, nuts, Mediterranean herbs and acid berries. It has a lively palate with great acidity but especially with complete but sustained freshness. It has fine tannins and is nicely textured. (94) LUIS GUTIERREZ
    2015
    Grenache, Red
    Spain
    459
  3. Terroir Al Limit Dits Del Terra 2015
    Terroir Al Limit Dits Del Terra 2015
    The 2015 Dits del Terra has a beautiful nose that is very elegant and perfumed, with floral aromas and a clear mineral note from early on. This is a slightly warmer vineyard (the one originally worked by Eben Sadie); but the balance is amazing here, and there is no heat. The foudres are also a little older-six years old-and therefore are quite neutral, and the wines age nicely in them. The quality and refinement of the tannins is surprising-they provide for a velvety texture, and there is a liveliness on the palate that only the best wines can achieve, especially with a rustic grape grown in a rustic place and in a warm vineyard. In this 2015, the Cariñena is just as fresh (maybe even fresher!) as it is in the Arbossar. Bravo! At the end of the day, both showed a similar quality level. For proprietor Dominik Huber, it's clear that Cariñena is the grape for the warmer places on slate soils. 4,600 bottles were filled in May 2017. (95)LUIS GUTIERREZ
    2015
    mencia
    Spain
    459
  4. Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2018
    Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2018
    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts.

    The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree in depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy.

    I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 96+ LUIS GUTIERREZ
    2015
    Grenache, Red
    Spain
    459
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