Finca Morenillo<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This limited production single-vineyard wine is made from vines over one hundred years old (planted in 1902). The yearly production is 50 cases. Produced from the finest dry-farmed vines of this Finca (parcel). Morenillo will easily age for more than a decade.
RATING HISTORY:2013 93WA; 2011 91WA; 2010 94WA
GRAPE:100% Morenillo. Vines planted since 1902. Tended in limestone and clay soil at 400 meters (1,312 ft.) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Finca Morenillo is a great match for spicy BBQ, beef brisket or smoked pork.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:15 months in 500-liter 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. 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 the 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 neighboring regions.
TASTING NOTES:This indigenous variety is virtually extinct- bright ruby, expressive aromas of raspberry, dried flowers, Indian spices and smoky minerals. Sweet red fruit flavors stain the palate, braced by zesty mineral and peppery spice qualities. Fresh and impressively energetic for a big wine, finishing with excellent lift and lingering florality.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.6 lbs (.75 kg)
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