Espodol Vi Ranci Sec

SKU #1552179 94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The vintners of the Celler Cooperatiu d’Espolla make Espodol from Garnatxa Blanca and Garnatxa Rosat on the southern side of the Pyrenees, where their old bush vines grow in rocky granite and black schist soils. The grapes ferment in the co-op’s cellars in epoxy-lined concrete tanks, the juice then moved into large foudres for three or four years before it makes its way into a six-tier solera that dates to 1950. It’s a dark, complex Rancio wine, fresh and aged all at once. It tastes of sweet and salty cherries, right down to the almond-toned pit; it’s caramelized yet fresh, with bright acidity keeping it vibrant. Notes of maitake mushrooms and herbal spice give it an exotic edge, an otherworldly taste of a culture that values taking time both in the making and the drinking of its wines. Open this when you have time to take it in, whether it’s over the course of days, in small glasses before dinner, or as part of a grand evening, where it can carry through the smoked almonds to the roasted bird and on to dessert. (TT) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

Ranci Sec or what we might be more familiar with here in the states is Rancio sec is an oxidized style of Catalan wine found on both sides of the Pyrenees. This is a very uncommon, non-fortified offering. It is made from old vine Garnacha Blanca and Garnacha Rosat (Pink) grown in the granite and schist soils of Emporda. The wine is then fermented in large epoxy lined concrete tanks. After two years it is placed into large foudres where it remains for about 4 years. It then goes into a 6 tiered solera that was started in 1950. OK, so after that incredibly long journey what is the wine like. It is amazingly complex and very hard to pin down. This is a wow wine. It makes everyone stop and pay attention to it. With this wide range of flavors you have to slow down to try to tease it apart, it helps that it has an incredible finish that goes and goes. Traditionally an aperitif wine there are any number of culinary uses for this at the dinner table or it could be dessert itself.

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