L'Avi Arrufí Tinto
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This limited production wine is made from vines over seventy years old that are tended in dry farmed (no irrigation) vineyards. L'Avi Arrufí will easily age for more than a decade.
RATING HISTORY:2019 94D; 2014 92VM; 2011 91WA; 2010 90WA
GRAPE:60% Cariñena, 30% Garnacha, 10% Syrah. Vines planted in 1970. Tended in limestone and clay soil at 460 m (1,509 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This red has a mineral, herbal, spicy and black fruit character that shows wild berries, red currants and garrigue. This wine's bold, burly and big structure is a great match for spicy BBQ, beef brisket or smoked pork. Red and white meats prepared with a little “heat” (five spice, Mediterranean rubs or some Indian curries) will be a good pairing.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The wine is aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located a few miles southwest of Priorat, within the Terra Alta DO (Zone 5) in Catalunya's Tarragona province in northeastern Spain. In this remote region, the winemaking tradition dates back to the Romans, around the 2nd or 3rd Century. The winery and vineyards are in the town of Batea, situated at 400 meters (1,312 ft.) elevation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay. Yields are low (24.5 hectoliters per hectare, or 3,500 kilograms per hectare), which enhances concentration and complexity in the grapes. For climate, the average temperature from April-October is 67.3F. The hot day and warm-to-moderate night temperatures make Terra Alta a drier and warmer region than Montsant or Priorat. These conditions produce bright purplish-garnet hued wines with greater weight and ripeness than wines from other areas within Zone 5. The low average yearly rainfall of 16.3 inches is less than in neighboring regions.
TASTING NOTES:Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed red and blue fruit and violet aromas are enlivened by a peppery nuance and a strong suggestion of smoky minerals. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors that spread out steadily with air. Finishes sappy, sweet and very long, featuring lingering spiciness and firming tannins.-- Josh Reynolds.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.65 lbs (.75 kg)
RECYCLABLE GLASS USED:70%
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