|GRAPE: 100% Garnacha planted in 1962 (49 year old vines) head pruned, dry
farmed organically grown yielding 18 hl/ha.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This is not a jammy, overripe, sweet, alcoholic
Garnacha like those from other areas of Spain. Pinyolet has beautiful fruit, acidity
and balance that its easy-to-drink, juicy character will pair with a variety of red and
white meats, and it will also pair well with burgers, burritos, empanadas, Panini
sandwiches and other casual foods you're likely to find at the beach or on the deck.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: 6 months in stainless steel tank with lees.
PRODUCTION: 7,000 cases
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: The vineyards are located in the Cap'anes district of
Montsant (Zone 5) at 520 meters elevation (1,706 ft), the most distinctive factor of
Pinyolet. It's a unique place where the mountains that surround these vineyards
create a vacuum of wind from the Mediterranean, making this “corner” a cooler, drier
environment than neighboring vineyards within Montsant. In addition to the windy
condition, the altitude contributes to a remarkable contrast of day/night temperatures,
which allows the Garnacha grapes to ripen at a slower pace, and gives them great
aromatic purity. The soils are composed of clay, volcanic slate, limestone and
Pinyolet stones, responsible for the mineral flavors of these wines. The subsoil is all
limestone. The clay contributes power and volume while the limestone gives the
wine expressive floral and fruit aromas, finesse and complexity. The area's climate
is High Mediterranean, markedly cooler than the Priorat region, situated at a lower
elevation. The rainfall in this area is low (504 mm, or 20 inches, per year). The
area's climate during the active period of the vine from April-October is moderate
TASTING NOTES Bright ruby. Bright raspberry and blackberry on the nose. Jammy
red and dark berry flavors are lifted by gentle acidity, picking up spiciness with air.
Finishes broad and smooth, with good length. Notes by Josh Raynolds Sept/Oct