Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Montsant
People: Patrick Mata & Alberto Orte, Owners | Made expressly for Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Pinyolet 2013 Garnacha, Monsant DO Login WA 87 AG 90 <1 Case

Pinyolet is the name of the unique type of soil that makes superior wines in the Montsant appellation. If the best wines in Priorat are produced from Licorella soils, the most singular wines from Montsant are produced from vines tended in Pinyolet soils.

A pinyolet is a pebble of limestone that results from the erosion of limestone boulders only found in the upper hills of Montsant. These pebbles of limestone communicate an element of minerality and brightness that is unique to the best wines of this terroir.

Even though Montsant is next to Priorat, nothing could be more different. Montsant is cooler and higher in elevation than Priorat. The cooler nights allow Garnacha to retain more acidity and make wines that are uplifted, floral, full of tension, and elegant. In the words of Neal Martin “If Priorat is Pauillac then Montsant is Margaux.”

Pinyolet Garnacha is from organically grown vines located within the the Masroig district of Montsant.


  • Pinyolet 2013 Garnacha, Monsant DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (11/29/2015)

    With strawberry and cherry notes, a hint of wet stones in a medium-bodied, ripe, refreshing, lively style, it's best drunk over the next 1-2 years.
  • Pinyolet 2013 Garnacha, Monsant DO
    Rating: 90 (1/1/2016)

    Aromas of ripe red berries, lavender, allspice and white pepper, with a faint smokiness. The sweet and seamless palate conveys juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors that fan out nicely on the back half. Long and supple, the finish shows a lifting minerally note, easygoing tannins and a reappearing red fruit note.