Here’s what we are tasting Friday with Freedom Beverage
HERENCIA ALTES Garnatxa Blanca
Nuria Altes, like many other young vintners in Spain and elsewhere, comes from a family who has grown grapes for generations. Tucked away in a remote corner of Catalunya, Nuria’s new project, Herencia Altes is situated outside the village of Batea, in Terra Alta, a little known DO southwest of the Priorat. Nuria farms 14 hectares of Garnacha Blanca and Negre at two sites: La Serra and Benufet. Both vineyards were planted over a hundred years ago, and many of these old vines survive with some younger vines estimated to be about 40 years old. The soil around Batea is a thin layer of sand over limestone, a very poor soil, low in nutrients.
BODEGAS CASTANO 2012 Solanera
Tasting Notes Dark cherry-red color. Ripe fruit, pleasant wooden notes. Complex nose, spiced and elegant. On the palate is rich, balanced, with elegant sweet round tannins. Enjoy with strong-flavored dishes and cheeses, such as Manchego.
HERENCIA ALTES Garnatxa Negra
At a lower elevation than most of the rest of Terra Alta, Batea is on average cooler than the rest of the DO allowing for a later harvest and higher phenolic ripeness. Harvested by hand, the grapes spend an evening in a refrigerated container before fermentation to prevent oxidation. The whites see a short maceration.
This wine has a cherry color with a violet hue. It is very clean and bright, with intense cherry and forest furit aromas. Very good body, smooth, with a good structure and a very long finish. 100% Tempranillo, Certified Organic, winemaker Jorge Pradillo