2010 Espelt "Vieilles Vignes" Garnacha Emporda
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A magnificent custom cuvee for Eric Solomon, this 2010 was made from high-elevation vineyards in the Costa Brava planted in granite. It was fashioned by the brilliant Jean-Marc Lafage, whose wines are reviewed elsewhere in this article. Composed of 100% Grenache aged 3 months in new French oak, it reveals copious aromas of raspberry jam, black currants, kirsch, flowers and forest floor, full body, terrific fruit, lots of complexity already, and a multidimensional mouthfeel. Drink this stunning red over the next 4-5 years.
Sad that you didn't get a chance to eat at Ferran Adria's famous Spanish restaurant El Bulli before it closed? Me too. But I'll comfort myself with a case of the old vine Espelt, which comes from vineyards on the road to the famed restaurant and will cost FAR less than a meal there and is far easier to get your hands on. Made entirely from organic and biodynamically farmed 91-year-old Garnacha grown on slate and granite soils, it's full of sumptuous blackberry and cherry fruit and a touch of rosemary, with plenty of acidity and supple tannins. Perfect with Manchego cheese and olive caviar made using olive juice, sodium alginate and calcium chloride like Ferran might have done. Or maybe just some really good olives. (Leah Greenstein, K&L Writer/Editor)