Cellar La Vinyeta, Llavors, Mollet de Peralada, DO Emporda, Catalonia, Spain, 2015
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This wine: a carignan (aka samso locally) dominated blend, aged in new casks of French, Hungarian and Romanian oak, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Catalan Wines, £12 (04/17)
Consumer tasting note: a toasty, creamy, ripe red berried nose, a touch floral; medium bodied despite the high(ish) alcohol, lifted by the fresh acidity, with cold stewed strawberry, ripe red cherry and an oaky undertone. A medium length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of creamy, in a lactic sense, ripe red cherry edged with toast, sweet red plum, a little spicy, a floral peony-like nuance, stewed strawberry, after some time a touch of black berries, and after two hours waxy black liquorice appears.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of stewed strawberry, ripe red cherry, undertone of sweet oak, edge of blackberry. A medium length with a clean moderately grippy red berried finish with a black-berried edge on the end.
Quality: good, balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins work well with the flavour intensity and alcohol, which is very well-integrated seeming a degree less than indicated; showing modest concentration and some complexity from wood ageing, which follows somewhat into the mid-palate, but with just a medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – neither length nor concentration are there, however it will hold for 1-2 years.