Celler Vinos Pinol 2015 'Portal' Tinto, Terra Alta DO
Item Number: 12773
Sub Region: Catalunya
Appellation/AVA: Terra Alta DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Garnacha / 20% Carignan / 10% Merlot / 10% Syrah / 10% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Limestone and calcareous clay
Elevation: 1,168 feet
Vineyard Notes: The vineyards are located a few miles southwest of Priorat, within the Terra Alta DO in Catalunya's Tarragona province in northeastern Spain. In this remote region, the winemaking tradition dates back to the Romans, around the 2nd or 3rd Century. The soils are composed of 75% limestone and 25% calcareous clay. The vineyards are organically farmed and certified by CCPAE .
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are brought to the winery in the early morning hours before being destemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, the must macerates at a cool temperature for four days in large tanks of 5,000 to 10,000-liter capacity. Fermentation starts utilizing neutral yeast from Levuline (used mostly in Champagne), and the skins mix with the juice for 22-28 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for twelve months in 300-liter French and American oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Terra Alta's high elevation vineyards coupled with Piñol's organic viticulture produces a wine that clearly communicates the spicy, mineral character of this rewarding region. This wine's ripe, sweet and juicy character is easy to drink and very easy to pair with foods. Most casual American fare (burgers, wrap sandwiches, burritos) and spicier foods with a Latin American influence will match very well, as well as hard cheeses like aged Manchego.