The color is a nearly black/purple with a huge nose of marzipan, mineral, vanilla, and wild blue and blackberries. Full-bodied, the wine has an untamed, rustic feel on the palate with layered, opulent blue and black fruits as well as a balsamic note, and a splendid integration of oak, acid, and tannins. Give this wine a few years in bottle for further evolution and then drink it over the next 10-15 years.
|Wine maker notes
|Made from 100% Carinena grapes from 80 to 100 year old vines. Yields are less than a ton an acre from steeply terraced vineyards of granite and quartzite shards. Aged in new French barriques, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
|Francesc Sanchez Bas is an agricultural engineer who certifies organic viticultural practices for the Spanish government and teaches agriculture at the University of Tarragona. He owns the vineyards that formerly supplied old-vine grapes to the winery Fra Fulco.
In 1996, he built a small winery in the cellar of his house in the village of La Vilella Alta and began producing his own wine with the help of talented winemaker Roser Amoros. Today, his wines express the depth and concentration of the Priorato’s Garnacha and Carinena.