Tintorera - 2017
Just the right amount of this and that. When you need that juicy feeling of pure satisfaction. Like a perfectly balanced meal, with your closest friends, that leaves you feeling content and complete. Good for you, good for me, good for all.
Annual Production: 6,000 bottles (ALBAE Wine Club has access to a limited number of 500 annually)
Type: Tinto (Red)
Finish: Smooth & Long
Grape Variety: Coupage of 75% Garnacha Tintorera & 25% Monastrell
Ageing: 12 months in French and American oak barrels of 225 l, for the Garnacha Tintorera, and 12 months in 12 months in French oak barrels of 500 l the Monastrell.
Winemakers: Andrés Carull and Marta Ribera
Region: Villena, Alicante
Designation of Origin (DOP): Alicante
Micro-Climate: Continental influenced by the Mediterranean with hot summer days & cool nights
Elevation: Between 450 and 700 meters above sea level
Age of Vines: 35 years old, from a single vineyard
Viticulture / Farming: Certified Organic Farming
• Drink now or keep for up to 8 years
• No decanting necessary, just uncork 15/20 minutes before serving
• Pairs with Tapas, Manchego or any cheese (cow, goat or sheep), Ibérico ham, Paté or any Spreads, Poultry, Pasta or Pizza, Legumes or Meat, all Mediterranean and Asian rice-based dishes
• Ideal at about 13 to 14 Celsius
The Garnacha Tintorera grapes for this wine come from a jewel vineyard, quite a rarity since it is a "Pie Franco vineyard" where the vines were planted 34 years ago on sand, as fine as the one from a sandy beach. "Pie franco" means that the vines are original, indigenous, not affected by the phylloxera (or pre-phylloxera), and therefore ungrafted root stock.
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Ratings & Reviews
91+ Points - The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)
Luis Gutiérrez (Robert Parker reviewer for Spain), notes about this wine:
The classical and somehow rustic 2017 Tintorera is a blend of Garnacha Tintorera with 25% Monastrell from a single vineyard planted 34 years ago. It has a nose of ripe black fruit, but the palate is quite lively and has freshness and focused and clean flavours. It's tasty and long, quite pleasant, easier to drink than you might think.