2009 Bodegas Mendall Roig Finca Caiballes "R"

SKU #1074378

Catalan raconteur, mad scientist, tireless vino natural spokesman, and vigneron Laureano Serres brings you this blend of primarily Carignane (with some Cab and Garnacha). To Laureano there are very few rules, but a few would include: careful observation and work in the vineyard (no treatments), fermentations using indigenous yeasts, zero added sulphur during the winemaking process, and tasting wines (his as well as others') often. While I think the white wines have been more his forté, this is slowly changing as Laureano produces more reds. This one is superb: deep berry fruit shows a hint of meaty savor, as well as an intensity, purity, depth of flavor and acid balance which puts it amongst the tastiest vin naturel (from France, Italy, Spain or anywhere else) I have tasted this year. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spainsh buyer)

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- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5