2016 Capçanes La Nit de Les Garnatxes "Argila" (Clay) Montsant

SKU #1372562 92 points James Suckling

 I love the crushed wild-berry aromas with some floral notes, but also the deep, earthy quality. Then comes the great velvety texture on the ripe, but well-proportioned palate, the well-crafted dry tannins making the finish lively.  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

A very exciting new project from Montsant's most important cooperative, located near the RENFE train station in the village of Marça, this is a new series of mature vine Garnacha (Garnatxa in Catalan) planted to different parcels. Rather than blending them to produce one great Garnacha, they have chosen to bottle them separately to showcase the transparency of this excellent grape variety, and how it behaves in different types of soils. The clay bottling is juicy, supple, fresh and floral; it is easily as interesting and worthy of your consideration as any $40 Chateaunneuf-du-Pape, at half the price!


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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Spain

- 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 (%): 14.5