Celler Vinos Pinol

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Batea, Terra Alta
People: Josefina & Juanjo Piñol, Owners | Juanjo Galcera Piñol & Toni Coca, Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Organic


Celler Vinos Pinol 2013 'Ludovicus' Garnacha, Terra Alta DO Login IWC 89 AG 90 In Stock
Celler Vinos Pinol 2013 'Portal' Tinto, Terra Alta DO Login AG 91 WA 92 In Stock

The story of Celler Vinos Piñol mirrors the ascendance of Spanish wines in world markets over the past ten years. It is a story of how a reverence for old, treasured vineyards and the best family traditions have been combined with new winemaking methods to make the finest wines possible. The Piñol family has been vine growers for four generations. The switch to producing and selling their own wine occurred in 1945 when Josep Arrufi founded Celler Vinos Piñol. The goal of this family-run estate was and has remained to produce small quantities of well-crafted wines with passion, love and respect for the land. Today Josefina Piñol and her son, Juanjo Galcera Piñol, are at the helm.

Celler Vinos Piñol owns 100 acres of carefully tended vines, in and around the medieval town of Batea, in the Terra Alta district of the Tarragona province, which is located a few miles south and west of Priorat. The vineyards are organically farmed and certified by CCPAE. Similar to Yecla and Vinos de Madrid, Terra Alta is one of Spain’s up-and-coming wine regions with an identity built on exciting projects and progressive innovation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay. Yields are low, which enhances 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 great weight and ripeness.

Wine Advocate 6/2015
“Piñol is one of the leading producers in Terra Alta.”

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  • Vinos Pinol 2013 'Ludovicus' Garnacha, Terra Alta DO
    International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 89 (9/1/2014)

    (all Garnacha; aged for four months in a combination of French and American oak): Bright ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of red berries and cherry pit, with a subtle mineral note in the background. Bitter cherry and cracked pepper flavors become sweeter with air, picking up a hint of candied rose. Shows lively red fruit character on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of vanilla.
  • Vinos Pinol 2013 'Ludovicus' Garnacha, Terra Alta DO
    Rating: 90 (1/21/2016)

    Vivid ruby-red. Vibrant red fruit and floral scents are complemented by smoky mineral and peppery spice nuances. Juicy and focused, revealing fresh redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that sweeten with air. Closes on a juicy note, with resonating spiciness, strong persistence and late-arriving silky tannins.
  • Vinos Pinol 2013 'Portal' Tinto, Terra Alta DO
    Rating: 91 (1/1/2016)

    Lively aromas of red berries and peppery spices, with a hint of potpourri. This sweet, silky midweight wine displays lively raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper that adds back-end cut. Energetic and nicely balanced on the gently tannic and very persistent finish, echoing the red fruit and pepper notes.
  • Vinos Pinol 2013 'Portal' Tinto, Terra Alta DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (11/29/2015)

    This is a terrific example of how much wine one can buy for under $25 a bottle. This deep ruby/purple wine offers notes of black truffles and blackberry. Extravagantly rich with terrific fruit intensity, dense color, and loads of spice box and blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, this is a beauty to drink over the next 5-6 years.